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17 Oct 1996 description

By Paul Goble
Washington, 17 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- The constantly shifting fortunes of the Taliban militia and its opponents in the Afghan civil war highlight the diversity of divisions within Afghanistan as a whole and the equal diversity within each of the contending factions.

Consequently, all efforts to reduce that conflict to a struggle over a single issue -- be it Islam, ethnicity, or something else -- reflect either simple ignorance or a conscious effort by participants or outsiders to exploit that issue for their own ends.

17 Oct 1996 description

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan (Reuter) - The forces of powerful Uzbek chief Abdul Rashid Dostum rolled onto the front line of Afghanistan's latest battle for power on Thursday, dramatically escalating a war between the Taleban militia and the government it ousted.

17 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/17/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-204714
TITLE=TALEBAN DEMONSTRATION (L)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=KABUL
CONTENT=

16 Oct 1996 description
report UN Security Council


Press Release SC/6280
Says Pakistani Military Officers Accompanied Taliban in Kabul Invasion; Council Addressed by 27 Speakers in Day-Long Debate on Conflict in Afghanistan

Continued silence by the Security Council in the face of "open and naked aggression" against Afghanistan by Pakistan would constitute a blow to the essence of the United Nations, the Council was told today, as 27 speakers took part in a day-long orientation debate on the situation in that country.

16 Oct 1996 description

Kabul, 16 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Taliban fighters continue to battle forces backing the former Afghan government north of the capital of Kabul, with neither side apparently making much headway today.

16 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/16/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-204674
TITLE=AFGHAN / FIGHTING (L) (2ND CQ)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=KABUL
CONTENT=

16 Oct 1996 description

(It is possible that Kabul may be once again overrun) (1290)

United Nations -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright says the political and military situation in Afghanistan has been "dramatically altered" by events of the past few weeks.

In a statement to the U.N. Security Council October 16, Albright said "the immediate future is uncertain.

16 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/16/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-204694
TITLE=AFGHAN/U-N DEBATE (L ONLY)
BYLINE=ELAINE JOHANSON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=

16 Oct 1996 description

Kabul, 15 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Pakistan sent a high-ranking delegation to Kabul today led by Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar. It is the first foreign ministerial visit to the Taliban-held Afghan capital since the Islamic movement took over the city 18 days ago.

16 Oct 1996 description

JABAL OS-SIRAJ, Afghanistan (Reuter) - A chaotic patchwork of fighting raged north of Kabul Wednesday, with no sign that the expected bid by forces of the ousted government to retake the Afghan capital from their Taleban foes was imminent.

Warplanes, presumably Taleban, bombed the militarily-important town of Jabal os-Siraj for a second day on Wednesday,
narrowly missing a command post from which former government military chief Ahmad Shah Masood sometimes operates,

16 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/16/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-204657
TITLE=KABUL SCENE (S)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=KABUL
CONTENT=

16 Oct 1996 description

The Afghan conflict, long ago faded from the headlines of the international press, has risen to the forefront once again. Fierce fighting between the Taliban and a new coalition force - composed of the former government of Professor Rabbani, General Dostom's mainly Uzbek Jumbesh party and Mr Khalili's Hazara Wahdat faction - has intensified. The intersection of the Panjshir and Salang valleys sets the backdrop for major armed confrontation.

15 Oct 1996 description

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuter) - Pakistan offered Tuesday to arrange peace talks between warring factions in neighboring Afghanistan as it sent a high-level delegation to sound out the parties on the proposal.

The delegation led by Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar met officials of the Taleban Islamic movement that took over Kabul last month, and also visited Mazar-i-Sharif, the base of the powerful warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum who controls six northern provinces.

15 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/15/96
TYPE=BACKGROUND REPORT
NUMBER=5-34674
TITLE=KABUL MARKET
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=KABUL
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS THE PEOPLE OF KABUL,
AFGHANISTAN, HAVE KNOW NOTHING BUT WAR. LARGE SECTIONS OF THEIR
CITY HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND -- EVEN IN AREAS THAT
REMAIN STANDING -- A ROCKET ATTACK OR AIR RAID CAN WIPE AWAY
LIVES WITHOUT NOTICE. ALTHOUGH RELATIVE PEACE HAS RETURNED TO
THE CITY FOLLOWING ITS CAPTURE BY THE TALEBAN, LIFE REMAINS A

15 Oct 1996 description
report Voice of America

DATE=10/15/96
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-204615
TITLE=TALEBAN PAKISTAN (L)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=KABUL
CONTENT=

14 Oct 1996 description

Kabul, 14 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- The Islamic Taliban militia confirmed today that it has lost key areas north of Kabul to forces loyal to the ousted Afghan government.

14 Oct 1996 description

KABUL (Reuter) - The Afghan Taleban militia was preparing the defence of Kabul Monday after suffering stunning reverses north of the city at the hands of the government it ousted less than three weeks ago, witnesses said.

They said the purist Islamic militia, which had swept all before it until coming up against the wall of the Hindu Kush, was
reinforcing positions on the two roads north of the capital and one entering the city from the west.

A large force of Taleban was assembling about 20 km (12 miles) north of Kabul to block the main road from the north and