Chronology: Afghanistan

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Chronology: Afghanistan


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Apr. 23: A woman was stoned to death in the Urgu district of the northeastern Badakhshan province for committing adultery. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said the woman had been sentenced to death by a decree from a local religious scholar, despite the fact that under Afghan law, those charged with adultery are required to go through local courts. [BBC, 4/23]

May 2: A massive explosion at an illegal ammunitions store in the village of Bajgah killed 28 people and injured 13 others, roughly 80 miles north of Kabul. An interior ministry spokesman said the depot belonged to a local Afghan militia commander. [BBC, 5/2]

May 13: At least nine civilians and police were killed during anti-US protests in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan. Hundreds took part in demonstrations in response to reports that interrogators at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay flushed a copy of the Qur 'an down a toilet during the interrogation of detainees. [BBC, 5/11]

June 1: At least 17 people were killed and 36 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at Kandahar's main mosque. The attack occurred during the funeral service for an Islamic cleric, who was a strong supporter of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The visiting security chief for Kabul, Akram Khakrizwal, was among the dead. [RFE, 6/1]

June 2: NATO expanded its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) into western Afghanistan, taking over command of two US military bases in the provinces of Herat and Farah. …

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