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29 Dec 1996 description

KABUL, Dec 29 (Reuter) - The success of Taleban forces on the front line north of Afghanistan's capital Kabul has broken a six-week deadlock in the battle and restored the militia's morale, analysts said on Sunday.

On Friday and Saturday, the fundamentalist Islamic Taleban, who took Kabul in late September, managed to push back the forces of the opposition alliance more than 10 km (six miles) to a position where the Taleban now threaten Bagram airbase and the mouth of the Panjsher valley.

15 Dec 1996 description

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 15 (Reuter) - Leaders of Afghanistan's purist Islamic Taleban militia agreed in principle on Sunday to join U.N.-proposed ceasefire talks with rival factions, Taleban sources said.

U.N. envoy Norbert Holl flew to Kandahar to brief provincial governor Mullah Mohammad Hassan and acting Deputy Foreign Minister Mullah Mohammed Jalil on his proposal.

Holl has already secured agreement in principle for the ceasefire talks from anti-Taleban faction leaders Ahmad Shah Masood and General Abdul Rashid Dostum.

12 Dec 1996 description

MSF News Review No.06 12/12/96

11 Dec 1996 description

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Wednesday it was preparing to fully resume its operations in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after the last of four local staff recently arrested by the Taliban there was released without charge.

11 Dec 1996 description

KABUL, Dec 11 (Reuter) - Up to 50,000 people have left Kabul since the radical Taleban militia captured the city in late September, according to figures from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The figures, which were collected at a UNHCR checkpoint on the road leading east from Kabul towards the Pakistani border, showed that 49,099 people left Kabul and 8,631 returned in the period from October 1 to December 7.

''People are uncertain about their future in Kabul.

11 Dec 1996 description
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10 Dec 1996 description

Displacement is continuing within and from Afghanistan.

10 Dec 1996 description

KABUL, Dec 10 (Reuter) - A British-based mine-clearance agency on Tuesday launched a novel mechanical process to help speed up the destruction of mines in the war-torn Afghan capital.

10 Dec 1996 description

DUSHANBE, Dec 10 (Reuter) - Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov met Islamist rebel leader Sayid Abdullo Nuri in northern Afghanistan for peace talks as further violence rocked the former Soviet republic.

Russia's Interfax news agency said negotiations were underway behind closed doors in northern Afghanistan.

Otakhon Latifi, an aide to Nuri quoted by Interfax, said the talks were to prepare the ground for a further meeting in Moscow later this month in which a ceasefire and some form of coalition government might be agreed.

08 Dec 1996 description

ISLAMABAD (Reuter) - The Taleban militia released a U.N. plane on Sunday that had been forced to land in western Afghanistan, apparently with a Tajik Islamic rebel leader on board, U.N. officials said.

They said the plane had left the Soviet-built military airbase of Shindand, about 75 miles south of Herat, to complete its flight to Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

Jets of the radical Islamic Taleban militia had forced the U.N.-chartered plane to land at Shindand on Saturday, when on its way from the eastern Iranian city of Mashhad to Kunduz.

08 Dec 1996 description

ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 (Reuter) - U.N. special envoy Norbert Holl met ousted government military commander Ahmad Shah Masood on Sunday for the first time since the Taleban militia captured Kabul on September 27, U.N. sources said.

The talks, in the northern city of Kunduz, focused on U.N. proposals for a ceasefire, a joint commission to supervise it, demilitarisation of Kabul, formation of a neutral Afghan police force and a direct dialogue between the warring parties.

05 Dec 1996 description

Tuesday, 3 December was marked by a series of events in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat where representatives of the UN system, NGOs and donor countries in the presence of the ICRC delegates and surrounded by Afghan children, women and men announced to the Afghan people, during simple but symbolic public ceremonies that, later that day, UN UnderSecretary-General, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, Dept.

05 Dec 1996 description

KABUL, Dec 5 (Reuter) - UNICEF's decision to stop funding education projects in Kabul if girls are not allowed to go to school shows the growing resistance of the aid community to the policies of the Taleban towards women in Afghanistan.

UNICEF -- the United Nations Children's Fund -- announced on Tuesday that it will only raise funds for education in areas where girls have equal access to schools.

04 Dec 1996 description

ISLAMABAD, Dec 4 (Reuter) - Afghan faction leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar agreed on Wednesday to join an alliance opposed to the radical Islamic Taleban militia, Afghan sources said.

Hekmatyar decided to join the alliance formed by ousted president Burhanuddin Rabbani and northern militia leader General Abdul Rashid Dostum at a meeting in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, sources close to Dostum said.

Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezb-i-Islami faction, was prime minister in Rabbani's government when the Taleban drove it out of Kabul on September 27.

03 Dec 1996 description


After almost 20 years of war, Afghanistan remains a country in crisis. As a result:

  • Over two million Afghan refugees live outside Afghanistan, at least one million in Iran and 1.4 million in Pakistan;