Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

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July 19: In Tashkent, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, the United States, and Uzbekistan signed a declaration on Afghanistan, asserting that there was no military solution to the conflict between the Taliban and the United Islamic Forces for the Salvation of Afghanistan (UIFSA) and that the conflict should be settled through peaceful means. [7/20 FBIS)

July 20: In Uzbekistan, Taliban and UIFSA representatives began two days of talks under the auspices of the United Nations. [7/20 NYT, FF, 7/21 FBIS]

July 28: Taliban forces launched a major offensive against UIFSA forces on three fronts, north of Kabul. [7129 NYT, WSJ, WP, FBIS]

July 29: The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press reported that Saudi millionaire Usama bin Ladin had decided to leave Afghanistan because he feared a US attack against him. [7/30 WP]

July 31: The Afghan Islamic Press reported that 900 UIFSA soldiers had surrendered to Taliban forces in Kapisa Province. [8/2 FBIS)

Aug. 1: Taliban forces captured Bagram air base, located 50 miles north of Kabul. [8/2 WP, FBIS, 8/3 FFI

Aug. 2: Taliban forces, attacking from two fronts, captured Charikar, the capital of Parvan Province. [8/3 WPI

Aug. 4: Taliban leader Mulla Muhammad 'Umar offered amnesty to surrendering UIFSA forces. [8/5 NYT, WPI

Aug. 5: UIFSA sources reported that General Ahmad Shah Mas'ud's forces had recaptured Bagram air base and had advanced to within 30 miles of Kabul. [8/6 NYT, VVP] General Mas'ud's forces recaptured Charikar from Taliban forces. [8/6 FBIS]

Aug. 6: The UN refugee agency reported that Taliban forces had deported more than 40,000 residents of Takhar Province to Jalalabad and Kabul. The report also stated that Taliban forces were separating the men from the women and children. [8/7 WP, 8/8 NYT]

Aug. 9: A spokesman for General Mas'ud reported that Taliban forces had killed hundreds of people in Kapisa Province after having captured the territory from General Mas'ud's forces. …

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