Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Afghanistan

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See also Pakistan

Oct. 18: Election officials announced that five people traveling in an election commission jeep were killed in a roadside explosion in Paktika Province, close to the Pakistani border. [NYT, 10/19]

Oct. 24: According to the election commission, Hamid Karzai won the majority of votes in the election on October 9, 2004, effectively securing his position as Afghanistan's first popularly elected President. Mr. Karzai received 55.4%, or 4.2 million votes. [NYT, 10/25]

Oct. 28: Armed men in Kabul kidnapped three foreign election workers, part of a joint UN-Afghan election team. The captives were from Britain, the Philippines, and Kosovo. Akbar Agha, head of a group called the Muslim Army, claimed responsibility and threatened the captives would be killed unless the UN and foreign militaries withdrew from Afghanistan. [Al-Jazeera, 10/29]

Nov. 23: Three foreign UN workers who were taken hostage October 28, 2004 were freed unharmed. [BBC, 11/23]

Dec. 7: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as President. [NYT, 12/7]

Dec. 13: President Hamid Karzai announced that he intended to destroy the poppy fields of Afghanistan. [NYT, 12/13]

Human Rights Watch accused the Defense Department of operating outside the law in Afghanistan and failing to investigate abuses, including murder. [NYT, 12/13]

Dec. …

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