Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

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2003

Oct. 26: 'AIi Ahmad Jalali, Afghanistan's Interior Minister, dismissed several officials in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif following factional fighting outside of the city. A new provincial governor and deputy governor were appointed while the city's mayor and police chief were replaced. LWP, 10/27]

Oct. 29: The Afghan Supreme Court condemned Vida Samadzai, 23, for representing Afghanistan in the annual Miss Earth competition in Manila. The court claimed that Samadzai violated Islamic law by showing parts of her body on television. Samadzai left Afghanistan for the US in the mid-1990s. [NYT, 10/30]

Oct. 30: Six people were killed when US military forces opened an operation in the Hindu Kush region against suspected militants. Soldiers were dropped into the region in an airborne assault against Taliban militants and, in particular, against forces loyal to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Hekmatyar was described as a "renegade commander" who declared holy war against US forces. [NYT, 11/11]

Nov. 3: A new draft of the constitution was presented to Mohammad Zahir Shah, the former king of Afghanistan. The draft called for presidential elections six months after the constitution would be approved and the formation of a two-house national assembly. Formal approval would require a December 2003 vote by the 500-member Loya Jirga (grand council). [NYT, 11/4]

Nov. 15: One US soldier died when his vehicle drove over a land mine near Asadabad, the capital of the Kunar Province. [NYT, 11/16]

Nov. 16: Suspected Taliban militants shot and killed Bettina Goislard, a French woman working for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The attackers opened fire on her vehicle from separate motorcycles in the town of Ghazni. Local authorities arrested two people possibly linked to the attack. [WP, 11/17]

Nov. 23: A transport helicopter carrying US troops on a mission connected to Operation Mountain Resolve crashed north of Kabul, killing five Americans and injuring seven. [FT, 11/24]

Dec. 2: As part of a UN disarmament plan, two rival militias turned in their weapons in exchange for cash and food. Under the Afghan New Beginning Program, the new Afghan army has been attempting to disarm almost 100,000 soldiers fighting in various militias. [FT, 12/3]

Dec. 6: US forces missed their target, a Taliban suspect, and accidentally killed nine children in the village of Hutala. …

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