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19 Aug 1998 description

UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor today condemned the kidnapping of Mahmoud Saremi, a correspondent of the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, by Taleban military forces.

19 Aug 1998 description

WHO/WER and Epidemiological Bulletin Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER)

18 Aug 1998 description

Scores of families have fled the strategic Panjsher valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul as a key opposition commander braces for a last-ditch fight against the Taleban movement, Afghan sources said on Tuesday.

The purist Islamic Taleban militia forces have made remarkable advances recently in the north of the country by capturing strategic opposition bases.

They are poised to seize some of the four provinces still held by opposition forces loyal to legendary guerrilla commander Ahmad Shah Masood in the northeast and those of the Shi'ite Moslem Hezb-i-Wahdat faction in …

17 Aug 1998 description

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed grave concern over the new attacks launched by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

17 Aug 1998 description

Four ex-Soviet republics in central Asia will hold security talks to discuss the threat posed by Afghanistan's purist Islamic Taleban militia, the Kazakh presidential press service said on Monday.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed the Afghan situation with his Tajik, Uzbek and Kyrgyz counterparts by telephone on Monday, the press service said in a statement.

"The presidents expressed the unanimous opinion that military actions (in Afghanistan) demand detailed discussion regarding the enforcement of regional security in Central Asia," the statement …

14 Aug 1998 description

The United Nations Security Council has expressed its grave concern over the escalating offensive by forces of the ruling Taliban militia in northern Afghanistan.

The U-N Security Council also said it was worried by reports of military involvement by other countries in the Central Asian nation.

The Security Council urged all states to refrain from any outside interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, including the involvement of military personnel.

The Islamic fundamentalist Taliban controls most roads in northern Afghanistan and has seized a number of strategic areas, …

14 Aug 1998 description

Victory of radical Islamists this week in Afghanistan sets region on edge. Russia sends troops to area.

Lucian Kim

14 Aug 1998 description

Afghanistan's Taliban miltia is continuing its sweep into the last remnants of opposition territory in the country's north.

Eric Campbell reports from Moscow the advance has raised fears the fighting could spill over into neighbouring countries.

BEGINS: DEFENCE MINISTER IGOR SERGAYEV HAS PROMISED EMERGENCY MILITARY AID TO THE FORMER SOVIET STATES OF UZBEKHISTAN AND TAJHIKISTAN, WHICH BORDER AFGHAN TERRITORY FORMERLY CONTROLLED BY OPPOSITION FACTIONS. 20-THOUSAND RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE ALREADY PATROLLING THE TAJHIKISTAN BORDER.

13 Aug 1998 description

The Security Council on Thursday expressed its grave concern at the continuing escalation of the armed conflict in Afghanistan caused by the Taliban offensive in the northern parts of the country.

13 Aug 1998 description

By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Aug 13 (Reuters) -Taleban movement said on Thursday expelled aid workers can resume activities in Kabul but must agree to move to a vacant college building that they had earlier refused.

13 Aug 1998 description

The United Nations says it has concluded an agreement with Afghanistan's Taliban Islamic movement that would allow expelled foreign aid agencies to return to the war-shattered capital, Kabul.

The announcement comes 10 days after a U-N official announced the suspension of talks on the issue with the Taliban.

Last month, they expelled 38 aid agencies for refusing to move from residential homes to a derelict college building.

A statement by a U-N coordinator for Afghanistan says talks through a joint consultative committee have satisfactorily concluded an agreement that will …

11 Aug 1998 description

The Taleban Islamic movement captured a military stronghold of the opposition alliance in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday after heavy fighting, a Pakistan-based Afghan news service said.

Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) quoting its sources in Afghanistan said the militia had seized Taloqan, capital of Takhar province, after driving out the fighters of Ahmed Shah Masood, the military commander of the ousted Afghan government.

No further details were immediately available on the fighting that began on Tuesday morning when the Taleban pushed through opposition defences in the neighbouring …

11 Aug 1998 description

Afghanistan's opposition alliance on Tuesday admitted the fall of Taloqan, capital of the northern province of Takhar, to the Islamic Taleban movement.

Zabit Saleh, a spokesman for key opposition commander Ahmad Shah Masood, who had held Taloqan, told reporters by satellite telephone from neighbouring Tajikistan that the town fell after long fighting overnight, confirming an earlier report by a Pakistan-based news service.

"The fighting lasted 12 hours last night and the Taleban broke our defensive line this morning and in the face of their attacks we retreated from Taloqan …

10 Aug 1998 description

This report includes: A) East and Central Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya/Tanzania - bomb explosions of 7 August 1998 B) Cuba C) Guinea Bissau D) Sudan E) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and region: Kosovo crisis F) Afghanistan

10 Aug 1998 description

DUSHANBE, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Tajikistan, alarmed by the advance of Afghanistan's radical Taleban forces towards its borders, has stepped up security along its frontier with the southern neighbour, a government official said on Monday.

The official, who declined to be named, told Reuters that Tajikistan was coordinating security measures with Russian border guards and peace-keeping forces in the former Soviet republic.

"We have put all armed units on Tajik territory, and particularly those along the Tajik-Afghan border, on full military alert to repel any possible provocation …

10 Aug 1998 description

The Afghanistan civil-war has entered a new phase with a senior official in the anti-Taliban alliance conceding the religious militia has captured the northern city of Mazar-I Sharif.

07 Aug 1998 description

The Security Council expressed grave concern on Thursday at a sharp escalation of fighting in Afghanistan and demanded an urgent and unconditional ceasefire.

The statement, read at a brief public meeting, was prompted by a new drive by the purist Islamic Taliban movement against an alliance clinging to control of the north of the country.

"The Security Council reiterates that the Afghan crisis can be settled only be peaceful means, through direct negotiations between the Afghan factions under United Nations auspices," the statement said.

It called the renewed fighting a …