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Afghanistan timeline June 2003

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  • The U.N. envoy to Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, called for the immediate release of two journalists arrested June 18 on charges of defaming Islam. The Afghan Supreme Court planned to put the two journalists on trial.
  • Security forces raided the home of an Afghan refugee in the Kurram tribal area of Pakistan along the Afghan border and seized 21 Russian-made missiles. No arrest was made and the Afghan refugee fled into Afghanistan.

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June 12, 2003

  • The International Crisis Group (ICG) issued a report critiquing the consitutitional process in Afghanistan. The report suggests that the process is hurried and covert. Public consultations, which started June 7, were due to last just under two months. Culminating in Loya Jirga in October, the process was to end with a general election in mid-2004. However, the ICG claimed that ordinary Afghans would be denied freedom of speech by local leaders and that the United Nations was ignoring public education on the issues.
  • ISAF personnel and Kabul police defused a remote-control bomb planted on a busy road.
  • The Afghan government announced that security force of 700 men would be deployed along a 540-km highway construction route.
  • A man on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade into the office of an Italian aid organization in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.

June 11, 2003

June 10, 2003

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June 7, 2003

  • In Kabul, Afghanistan, a taxi packed with explosives rammed a bus carrying German ISAF personnel, killing four soldiers and wounding 29 others; one Afghan bystander was killed and 10 Afghan bystanders were wounded. The 33 peacekeepers, after months on duty in Kabul, were en route to the Kabul International Airport for their flight home to Germany.
  • The Afghan Constitution Commission set up offices in all 32 Afghan provinces to gather public comments and recommendations on a draft of the new constitution, which had been worked out by a special drafting committee. Similar offices were scheduled to also be set up in Iran and Pakistan to get opinions on the future constitution from Afghan refugees.

June 6, 2003

June 5, 2003

June 4, 2003

June 3, 2003

  • Afghan General Abdul Rashid Dostum backed out of a deal to move from his province to Kabul.
  • A U.S. army AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed while supporting combat operations near Orgun-e in Paktika province, Afghanistan, but there were no casualties.
  • The Asian Development Bank approved a $150 million concessional loan to help Afghanistan restore damaged roads, power generation and natural gas infrastructures.
  • Eight Pakistani public and private sector banks applied for licences to operate in Afghanistan.
  • Following an Afghan government re-evaluation of the administrative structure of some ministries, the Women's Affairs Ministry fired 112 women because they were either completely unqualified or possessed mere vocational skills. Those with needlework, embroidery, and tailoring skills were dismissed because the ministry did not have the capacity to place them according to their professions. A spokeswoman stressed that the ministry was still employing over 1,300 women at its headquarters and its 27 provincial branches.
  • Swiss Skies AG announced that it would begin flights from Washington, D.C., to Kabul, Afghanistan, via Geneva on July 14. Later this was indefinitely delayed for security reasons.

June 2, 2003

  • Governor Ismail Khan of Herat province, handed $20 million of customs revenues to Afghan coffers, the largest contribution in 18 months. Khan's payment allowed the Afghan government to paid about 100,000 Afghan soldiers their full salaries.
  • In Arghasan, a district of Kandahar province, Afghan troops killed four suspected Taliban fighters and captured five others in a gun battle. The dead included Mullah Abdullah.
  • Near a U.S. military base at Spin Boldak, fighting occurred between the soldiers of Afghan commanders Abdul Raziq and Gud Fahida. One of the Afghan soldier's killed, Sakhi Dad, also was a part-time translator for the U.S. Army.
  • One Afghan soldier died and 14 were wounded in a vehicle convoy accident near Kandahar.
  • Five Afghan soldiers were injured in a road accident in Gardez.
  • In Afghanistan, a convoy of four fuel trucks was ambushed en route to the U.S. base at Orgun-e in Paktia province.
  • In Tehran, representatives of Iran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed a draft agreement establishing a road link from Iran to Central Asia via Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

June 1, 2003

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