Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

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Apr. 16: In Badakhshan, in northeastern Afghanistan, a bomb explosion killed six and injured 13. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing. [417 FBIS]

The Pakistan-based Jang reported that Taliban officials had arrested Akhtar Muhammad Mansoori, Chief of the Afghan Air Force, and ten other officials, for their alleged involvement in opposition leader Isma'il Khan's 26 March escape from a Kandahar prison. [4/18 FBIS]

Apr. 17: The Iran-based Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that in Gusfandi, in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban militia had publicly executed 26 people. [4/19 FBIS]

The Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported that in Kabul, Taliban forces had arrested two foreigners on suspicion of spying. 14/18 FBIS]

Apr. 19: A spokesman for the Taliban reported that in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy to Afghanistan, Francesc Vendrell, had met with General Ahmad Shah Mas`ud, senior commander of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (UIFSA). [4/20 FBIS]

Apr. 26: In Kabul, following a decree issued by leader Mulla Muhammad Omar, Taliban authorities released from prison 300 members of opposition forces. [4/27 FBIS]

At a sports stadium in Mazar-i-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban stoned to death a woman who had been found guilty of committing adultery. [5/2 NYT]

May 9: The New York Times reported that in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, delegations representing the Taliban and the UIFSA had resumed peace negotiations. [519 NYT]

May 10: In Jidda, peace negotiations between Taliban and opposition forces ended with a ceasefire and an agreement on war prisoner exchanges. …

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