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30 Sep 1996 description

KABUL (Sep 30, 1996 4:30 p.m. EDT) - Afghanistan's Islamic Taleban militia swept northward in relentless pursuit of the country's former government forces on Monday, claiming victory over key towns and a province north of the capital Kabul.

Taleban fighters said they had bottled up former defence minister Ahmad Shah Masood in his Panjsher valley stronghold

30 Sep 1996 description

The World Food Programme, taking advantage of the fact that all main roads into Kabul are open for the first time in three years, is moving as much food as possible into the Afghan capital in case an emergency arises.

30 Sep 1996 description
report Times

BY LAWRENCE FREEDMAN

ANY regime which publicly hangs the body of a former president and imposes stern Islamic law is likely to ring international alarm bells, yet the seizure of Kabul by Taleban is also being greeted with some relief as it provides the best hope of ending almost two decades of war.

From December 1979, when Soviet troops entered Afghanistan to prop up a failing Marxist regime, to their departure a decade later, the conflict was understood in largely global terms as part of the Cold War. There was some surprise when the Soviet withdrawal did not result in peace.

27 Sep 1996 description

Following the Taliban rebel group1s capture today of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR) has called on the government of Pakistan to keep its border open to Afghan refugees.

27 Sep 1996 description

News Service 173/96
AI INDEX: ASA 11/06/96

27 Sep 1996 description

This report includes: A) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania B) Liberia C) Afghanistan D) CIS: Armenia

27 Sep 1996 description

A chronological look since the fall of monarchy

KABUL, Afghanistan The following is a chronology of Afghanistan, where Islamic fundamentalists have taken over the capital, Kabul, since the overthrow of the monarchy 23 years ago.

1973
After two centuries of monarchy, King Zahir Shah ousted in a military coup by his cousin Mohammad Daoud.

1978
President Daoud killed in a communist coup. Nur Mohammad Taraki elected president and Islamic groups start armed protests against communist policies.

25 Sep 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuter) - The Afghan Taleban militia may be on the verge of taking the country's capital of Kabul as government resistance to their onslaught seems to be crumbling, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday.

Under-Secretary General Marrack Goulding told reporters in New York the U.N. Security Council would meet later in the day

03 May 1996 description
  1. PROLONGED HEAVY RAINFALL AND MELTING SNOW HAVE CAUSED WIDESPREAD FLOODING IN AFGHANISTAN AFFECTING AT LEAST SEVEN PROVINCES SINCE THE SECOND HALF OF APRIL. ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE FLOODS IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT IN VIEW OF THEIR EXTENSION OVER LARGE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND INACCESSIBILITY OF SOME AFFECTED AREAS.
31 Mar 1995 description

DHA-GENEVA 95/0128
1. UNOCHA FIELD OFFICE IN FAIZABAD, CAPITAL OF BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE WAS NOTIFIED BY PROVINCE GOVERNOR THAT A MAJOR LANDSLIDE HIT THE VILLAGE OF KURLUK ZIR KUTAL IN DARAIM DISTRICT. THE AREA IS WEST OF FAIZABAD NEAR THE BORDER WITH TAJIKISTAN. GOVERNOR REPORTED THAT 300 PEOPLE DIED AND 110 HOUSES WERE DESTROYED.

2. AT THE REQUEST OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, UNICEF AND WFP FIELD STAFF ARE TRAVELLING TO THE AFFECTED AREA FROM 1 APRIL TO ASSESS THE SITUATION.

TELEPHONE NO:+41-22-917.12.34

13 May 1994 description

DHA-GENEVA 94/0169
AFGHANISTAN - EARTHQUAKE
DHA - INFORMATION REPORT NO 1