Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

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April 16: US military officials announced the deployment of about 2,000 additional marines to Afghanistan to help stabilize the south and southwest of the country. US forces have increased by about 3,000 troops in the past three months. [FT, 4/17]

April 27: Aproximately 40Taliban fighters attacked several district offices in Kandahar, killing three people. [NYT, 4/28]

April 28: Afghan police announced that they had arrested 58 militants in the month of April while recovering rockets and other weapons. [WP, 4/29]

May 4: Insurgents killed as many as ten soldiers and five police officers during a gun battle near Kandahar. [WSJ, 5/5]

May 5: Two Western members of a group trying to register Afghans for the September elections were killed along with their translator in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. [Reuters, 5/5]

May 6: Four hundred thirty-four alleged Taliban and al-Qa'ida fighters were transferred to a Kabul jail after a week-long hunger strike. They were protesting 2 1/2 years of being held in Afghanistan's most notorious prison without charges. [WP, 5/7]

May 29: Four US soldiers were killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan. [NYT, 5/30]

June 2: Two Afghans and three Europeans all working for the Dutch branch of the NGO Doctors Without Borders were ambushed and shot to death in western Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. [NYT, 6/3]

June 3: Doctors Without Borders declared suspension of its activity across Afghanistan. …

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