Timeline of Afghanistan (July 2003)
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timeline of the history of Afghanistanin July 2003. The list is not complete and you are welcome to expand it.
July 1, 2003"
Phase one of the
Afghan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programwas scheduled to begin, but was delayed because Afghan authorities were slow to make crucial defense ministry reforms. The goal of phase one was to disarm 100,000 former combatants and integrate them into civilian live.
Indian consulate opened in Herat province, Afghanistan.
videomessage on a compact discreceived by the Associated Press, Gulbuddin Hekmatyarurged his followers to rally together and drive all U.S. and foreign troops from Afghanistan.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw visited
Kandahar, Afghanistanand met with governor Gul Agha Sherzai.
Fifteen (9 miles) east of
Kabul, Afghanistanan unknown man was killed because a bomb he was carrying went off prematurely. The blast left a 2 m (7 ft) wide crater.
Zabul Provincealong the Afghanistan- Pakistanborder, three rebel fighters and six Afghan government soldiers were killed in fighting.
July 2, 2003"
About 700 Afghan government reinforcements were the
Ata Ghar Mountainsof Afghanistanwhere about 60 rebel fighters have been battling government forces for four days.
An Afghan military officer, Commander Basir, was shot dead by two unknown gunmen in
Some 800 U.S. soldiers backed by more than 500 Italian
paratroopers launched Operation Haven Denialinto Khost Provinceand Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The operation was aimed at preventing the re-emergence of terrorismand denying sanctuary to anti-coalition fighters in the region.
July 3, 2003"
Kabul Military Training Centerin Afghanistan, two U.S. special forces soldiers were wounded in an accidental grenadeblast. They were successfully treated at Bagram.
About 60 rebel fighters managed to slip out of the
Ata Ghar Mountainsin Zabul Province, Afghanistan, and moved into neighbouring Kandahar Province. Ten rebels were killed and 16 wounded in the fighting.
July 4, 2003"
Rockets were fired at a road construction crew in southern
Ghazni, Afghanistan, three rebels carjacked a vehicle of an NGO.
Afghan police arrested a person in connection with the bombing of a
mosquein Kandahar, Afghanistanon June 30. Turkmenistanassured Pakistanand Afghanistanthat Daulatabad, the fifth largest gas field in the world, would remain exclusively available for the Trans-Afghan Pipeline.
Three Dutch peacekeepers were wounded in
Kabul, Afghanistanwhen their vehicle was hit by an explosion while they were on patrol.
July 5, 2003"
Japanese ambassador to Afghanistan, Kinichi Komano, announced that Japan would provide $150 million in aid for reconstruction purposes, such as roads, health centers, radio and TV.
Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emiratesreceived Zalamy Rasoul, Afghan National Security Advisor.
July 6, 2003"
An advance team of
NATOtroops arrived in Kabul, Afghanistanto prepare for its take over of the International Security Assistance Forcein August.
Dara-i-Suf Districtof Samangan Province, Afghanistan, three people were killed in fighting between Uzbek and Tajik forces. A multi-party peace commission and U.N.officials brokered a cease-fire.
Hamid Karzaisent a high level delegation to eastern Afghanistan to investigate alleged border violations by the Pakistani military. The Mohmand tribewere worried about Pakistan's military operations in the Nangarharand Kunar districts.
July 7, 2003"
The Afghan government announced that it had collected $56 million in revenue from provincial governors and warlords since the end of March.
John Abizaidreplaced Tommy Franksas head of the US Central Command.
About 100 people took part in a demonstration in
Kabul, Afghanistan, in protest against reported Pakistani military incursions into Afghan territory. New ZealandMinister of Defense Mark Burtonannounced the deployment of New Zealand service men and women on a twelve-month mission to Afghanistan. Their responsibilities would focus on enhancing the security environment and promoting reconstruction efforts.
Afghanistan Literature Houseopened in Tehran, Iranin the Honar Cultural Center.
July 8, 2003"
In a second day of demonstrations against reported
Pakistani military incursions into Afghan territory, a group of nearly 500 people attacked Pakistan's embassy in Kabul. The windows of eight embassy cars were smashed while televisions, computers and windows were also smashed, including those in the ambassador's upstairs office.
Mazari Sharifaround 500 people held a protest outside the United Nationsoffices and burned a Pakistani flag and an effigy of Musharraf.
In reaction to attack on
Pakistan's embassy in Kabulearly in the day, Pakistan lodged a formal protest with the Afghan Government. The protest prompted Afghan President Hamid Karzaito telephone Pakistan President General Pervez Musharrafdirectly. Amnesty Internationalsecretary general Irene Khanmet with Afghan president Hamid Karzaiin Kabulto press for widespread prison reform and improved security. A new Amnesty International report found that warlords were still operating private prisons, with many civilians held in shackles and detained for months without facing trial.
July 9, 2003"
German Defense Minister
Peter Strucktold the " Berliner Zeitung" that Germany would extend its troops' mandate in Afghanistanuntil at least the end of 2004.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugeesannounced that 243,396 Afghan refugeeshad returned to their homeland from various parts of the world since January 2003.
Heavy rains over the last three days triggered floods in
Paktia Province, Paktika Province, Khost Provinceand Lowgar Province, Afghanistan, killing as many as 24 people and washing away sunbaked mud homes.
Kabul, Afghanistan, local police in riot gear protected the Pakistan Embassyand blocked off nearby streets.
Asian Development Bankannounced that Afghanistan, Pakistanand Turkmenistanneeded more studies carried out before proceeding with their $2.5 billion- trans-Afghan gas pipeline project.
July 10, 2003"
Afghan authorities in
Kandahar Provincearrested a man and seized a large quantity of bomb-making material. The man was reported to be a brother and aide of former Talibandefense minister Mullah Obaidullah.
July 11, 2003" Pakistandeclined to accept a U.N.offer to mediate any differences between Afghanistanand Pakistan after the Pakistan Embassy was attacked by protesters earlier in the week. Security around the Afghan consulate in Peshawarwas tightened.
A U.S.Special Operation Forces convoy north of
Bari Kottin Khost Province, Afghanistanreceived small-arms fire. One soldier was slightly injured from bumping his head in a vehicle.
U.S. Special Operation Forces came under small-arms fire from unknown gunmen in
A rocket was fired at the U.S. base in
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, but it did not go off.
July 12, 2003"
Four attackers ambushed a police patrol south of
Two Afghan soldiers were wounded in a skirmish with
Pakistani troops along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan. Residents of two nearby villages were prompted to flee their homes.
A bomb exploded near a movie theater in south-eastern
Afghanistan. There were no casualties.
Afghan Defense Minister
Mohammad Qasim Fahimmet Russian President Vladimir Putinin Moscow. Putin reaffirmed the need for stability in Afghanistan and pledged further aid to Kabul.
A rocket landed near the perimeter of
Bagram air basein Afghanistan, but there were no casualties or damage.
A blast hit a
United Nations refugeetransit center in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, but there were injuries.
July 13, 2003"
A blast damaged a building operated by a non-governmental organization (NGO) for the
An improvised explosive device left a large whole in the wall of a warehouse run by the
German Technical Cooperation, an NGO, in the northern section of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
In a raid near the
Pakistanborder, Afghan forces seized about 300 rocket-propelled grenades, dozens of anti-tank mines and 20 AK-47 rifles.
July 14, 2003"
Rebel fighters arrived in four pickup trucks and attacked a police station to the northwest of
Kandahar, Afghanistan. Five officers were killed in the 30 minute clash.
An improvised explosive device disabled a coalition vehicle near the U.S. embassy in
Kabul, Afghanistan. No one was injured.
Near a border post in
Yegobi Districtof Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, armed clashes between Afghanistan and Pakistanlasted for about one hour.
Following an investigation by
Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch, Zardad Khanwas arrested in London.
July 15, 2003"
United Nations High Commission for Refugeesreported that about 8,000 Afghans had been moved to other camps in Pakistan, while about 11,000 had been sent to a camp near Kandhar. The refugees had been living in a makeshift camp in the south-western Pakistani border town of Chamansince February 2002.
July 16, 2003"
Ghorak Districtof Kandahar, Afghanistan, more than 400 Afghan soldiers and police searched houses for Talibansuspected of killing five policemen earlier in the week. Twelve villagers were picked up on suspicion of helping the Taliban. Indian Oil Corporationand GAILsubmitted bids for construction of a $2.5 billion Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistanpipeline, which will move natural gas( Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline) from Turkmenistan's Dauletabad gas fieldvia Afghanistan to Pakistan's Multan. Lorne Craner, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for human rights, began a three-day visit to Afghanistan.
July 17, 2003"
Afghan interim President
Hamid Karzaiissued a decree to convene a 500-member loya jirgaon October 1, 2003that would approve a draft of the country's new constitution. Karzai said that 450 members would be elected and 50 would be appointed.
The Afghan government paid
Pakistan2.8 million Afghanis (the equivalent of three million rupees) in compensation for the armed attack on Pakistan embassy in Kabul July 8. The payment was delivered in cash.
Canadian troops took control of the
Kabul Multinational Brigade(KMNB) of the International Security Assistance Forcein Kabul, Afghanistan. Brig. Gen. Peter Devlinassumed command from Germany's Brig. Gen. Werner Freersduring a ceremony in eastern Kabul. At the time, the KMNB was made up of around 3,000 soldiers.
United Nations Population Fundand the government of Italyinaugurated the rebuilt Khair Khana hospitalin Kabul, Afghanistan, that would provide pregnant women clean and safe conditions for childbirth. Pakistani border security forces arrested 48 Afghans for illegally crossing into Pakistannear Chaman. The Afghans were then turned over to the Afghan government.
Three or four rockets were fired at a border checkpoint near
Khost, Afghanistan. There were no casualties or damages.
Sixteen Afghan prisoners from
Camp X-Rayin Guantanamo Bay, Cubaarrived by plane at the Bagram Air Basein Afghanistan. The released Afghan prisoners were not allowed to talk to journalists.
July 18, 2003"
Eight Afghan government soldiers, in a car travelling about 25 kilometers east of
Khost, were killed by a remote-control mine. The soldiers were part of a special unit working with the U.S.-led coalition forces to monitor the regions that border Pakistan. Afghanistanwas officially reinstated as a full member of the International Association of Athletic Federations. Afghanistan had originally joined the IAAF in 1930. Following the lead of the International Olympic Committee, the IAAF suspended Afghanistan in 1999 because of the Talibanban on the participation of women athletes. The IOC lifted its suspension on June 29.
Three U.S. soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device detonated in the middle of their convoy approximately eight kilometers south of
Asad Abad, Afghanistan.
A U.S. military base at
Spin Boldak, Afghanistancame under rocket attack but there were no casualties.
July 19, 2003"
Orgun, Afghanistan, two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition forces were wounded when their patrol was ambushed by automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
One man was killed and another wounded when they set off a
land minewhile digging a well near a police station in Chilstoonin Kabul, Afghanistan. The mine was likely left over from factional fighting in the 1990s.
Sixteen Afghans who arrived in
Kabul, Afghanistanfrom Camp X-Rayin Guantanamo Bay, Cubaon July 17were freed and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Afghan authorities confiscated hundreds of copies of the weekly
newspaper Payam-e-Mujahid, owned by the Afghan Northern Alliance, after it published an article accusing President Hamid Karzaiof making the apology under pressure from a U.S. ambassador and described it as a dishonor for Afghans. The article demanded that Karzai resign. The confiscation was ordered by Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim.
U.S.-led coalition forces killed up to two dozen rebels in a clash near
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan.
Several Afghan troops were killed as dozens of heavily armed rebel fighters attacked a border post near
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. After the five-hour battle, the rebels escaped across the border into Pakistan.
July 21, 2003"
Pakistani embassy in Kabul, Afghanistanreopened after having been ransacked by angry crowds on July 8.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movementannounced that the network of 50 health clinics in Afghanistanwere in danger of severe cutbacks due to a lack of money. To date, the Red Cross had only received about one-fourth of the $10 million for which it had requested.
About 100 Canadian troops (the first of 1,800) arrived in
Kabul, Afghanistanto serve with the ISAF.
July 22, 2003"
A fire (which started in a timber shop after a wood-sawing machine overheated) in
Jalalabad, Afghanistan, destroyed more than a hundred shops and other buildings.
Afghanistan, rockets landed near U.S.-coalition bases in Kandahar Provinceand Paktika Province. There were no coalition casualties.
A patrol of U.S. soldiers was ambushed in
Asadabad province, Afghanistan. There were no casualties.
July 23, 2003"
Zormat Valleyregion of the southern Paktia Provincein Afghanistan, about 1,000 soldiers of the Afghan National Army, together U.S.-led coalition troops, were deployed in Operation Warrior Sweep. It marked first major combat operation for the Afghan troops.
Islamabad, Pakistan, Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalalimet Pakistani Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayatand Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamalion the first of a two-day visit. The visit was aimed at developing cooperation in the fight against terrorismand to remove recent strains in relations. An agreement was made for Pakistan to train Afghan border security agencies and members of the Afghan police force.
After two rockets landed near a U.S. base at Asadabad in
Kunar Province, Afghanistan, coalition troops called in air strikes by a B-52 Stratofortress(which dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions) and two AV-8 Harrier IIs (which dropped Precision-guided munitions.)
July 24, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S. General John AbizaidAfghan President Hamid Karzai.
More than 200 Afghan
refugees in Brusselsbegan a hunger strikein Sainte-Croix Church. They said they would rather die than go back to a country they considered too dangerous.
July 25, 2003"
Six Afghan policemen were wounded, two seriously, when their vehicle hit a
land mineabout 50 km (31 miles) east of Kandahar.
Kandahar, Afghanistan, an Afghan soldier was wounded by a land minewhile chasing rebels who fired a rocket at a government post. Zardad Khanmade his first court appearance in London, England.
July 26, 2003"
Under a pilot
telekioskproject funded by the French government, the telekiosk.moc.gov.af websitewas launched in Afghanistan. In both Dariand English language, the site provided links to government and health information, job listings and business information. The site also provided community forums, information on local hotels and restaurants, and a Dari-English phrasebook.
July 27, 2003" Telecom Development Company Afghanistanbegan offering wireless phoneservice to consumers in Afghanistan, breaking a year-long monopolyheld by Afghan Wireless Communication.
Talibannamed Mullah Abdul Jabar as the rival governor in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.cite news
title=UN-govt body to monitor Afghan polls
Daily Times (Pakistan)
July 28, 2003
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, posters appeared that threatened death to twenty-five informers accused of collaborating with U.S. and government forces.
A ground-breaking ceremony took place in
Tehran, Iranto mark the start of construction of a four-kilometer Milak-Zaranj road. Iran allocated US$849,847 for the project. Iran's Hossein Aminiand Afghanistan's Karim Barahoueiattended the ceremony.
July 28, 2003"
United States State Departmentwarned U.S. citizens in Afghanistanthat the security environment in the country was "volatile and unpredictable."
July 29, 2003"
UNHCRannounced that, with its support, more than 300,000 Afghan refugeeshad returned home in 2003. Human Rights Watchreleased a report that, in Afghanistan, U.S.-led coalition support for warlords was destabilizing the nation and could threaten the elections of 2004. Abuses carried out by the Afghan National Armyand local police were also highlighted, including kidnappings, burglaries, rapes, intimidation, harassment of journalists, and extortions.
United Nations Security Councildebate, Indian Ambassador Vijay K. Nambiarexpressed concern that, through charities and drug trade, al Qaedastill had the ability to finance its own activities. He also voiced concerns that al Qaeda continued to procure weapons through the border with Pakistan. Nambiar demanded an inquiry.
Naish, 40 miles (60 km) north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, about two dozen rebels ambushed government troops in southern Afghanistan, killing at least two soldiers and torching two NGO vehicles before fleeing.
To sort out their border dispute along the tribal region dividing them,
Pakistanand Afghanistanagreed to use, with the assistance of the U.S., GPSto work out the coordinates of the border.
July 30, 2003"
Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview that the largest threat to Afghanistan's new government comes from across the border of Pakistan.
Nakhohni, five miles (8 km) south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, two gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed Mullah Jinab, a member of the Ulema Shoora, as he was coming out of a local mosque after evening prayers.
July 31, 2003"
European Unionannounced that it would donate €79.5 million to support reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The money is meant to support de-mining, the building of a health system, and other public infrastructure projects.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizationpredicted that the 2003 wheatharvest in Afghanistanwould be the largest in 20 years, due to increased rainfall, increased international aid, and continued success in dealing with locusts. Malnutritionremains a serious problem in the country, however.
Kabul, Afghanistan, three Afghan National Armyofficers were wounded when U.S. forces fired on their taxi. [http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3197426]
Pakistani army moved into parts of its northwest tribal areas to flush out Talibanremnants. This marked the first time Pakistan had taken such action. Floods in the Panjshir Valleyof Afghanistantriggered a landslide which killed 30 people and swept away 400 cattle. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annanurged the United Nations Security Councilto expand the mandate of the International Security Assistance Forceto other key Afghan cities in order to create a better environment for the elections slated in the summer of 2004.
After a gun battle south of
Kandahar, Afghanistan, Afghan security forces killed one suspected Talibanmember and arrested five others.
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