Articles by Amir Shah



Taliban Release 12 Korean Hostages

  • 30 August 07
  • The Associated Press
Taliban militants Wednesday released 12 of 19 South Korean captives they promised to free under a deal struck with the South Korean government to resolve a hostage crisis that began almost six weeks ago.

NATO Airstrike Leaves 9 Dead in Afghanistan

  • 06 March 07
  • The Associated Press
A NATO airstrike destroyed a mud-brick home, killing nine people from four generations of an Afghan family during a clash between Western troops and militants, Afghan officials and relatives said Monday.

Prisoners Take Over Afghan Jail

  • 27 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Hundreds of Afghan soldiers with tanks and grenade-launchers surrounded Kabul's main prison Sunday after convicted terrorists incited a riot by inmates and seized control of much of the facility, officials said.

Clerics Urge Calm as Riots Go On

  • 09 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Police shot four protesters to death Wednesday to stop hundreds from marching on a southern U.S. military base, while Afghanistan's top Islamic organization called for an end to three days of deadly rioting over drawings of the Prophet Mohammed.

Afghans Defy Threats of Violence to Cast Ballots

  • 19 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Afghans chose a legislature for the first time in decades on Sunday, embracing their newly recovered democratic rights and braving threats of Taliban attacks to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques.

104 Feared Dead in Afghan Jet Crash

  • 07 February 05
  • The Associated Press
NATO helicopters and hundreds of police struggled to reach the wreckage of an Afghan airliner Sunday, three days after it rammed into a snow-covered mountain peak, apparently killing all 104 people on board.

U.S. Warns Citizens in Afghanistan

  • 31 August 04
  • The Associated Press
The U.S. government warned its citizens to keep a low profile in Kabul on Monday after a car bomb hit a private American security company, killing up to 11 people in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital in two years.

Afghan Warlords Call a Cease-Fire

  • 10 October 03
  • The Associated Press
Two rival warlords whose troops fought pitched battles leaving scores dead in northern Afghanistan signed a cease-fire Thursday and have started to withdraw their tanks and other weaponry from the battlefield, both sides said.

U.S. Warplanes Strike Heart of Kabul

  • 19 October 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. jets attacked targets in the heart of Afghanistan?s capital Thursday. Residents said at least five civilians ? including four members of one family ? were killed when bombs crashed into residential areas.

Opposition Nears Mazar-i-Sharif

  • 18 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Aided by U.S. bombing, opposition forces closed in Wednesday on a key northern city. U.S. jets struck fuel dumps in Kabul, setting off a huge fire, and the Taliban claimed U.S. planes hit two trucks, killing seven civilians trying to flee the onslaught.

Special Forces Gunship Enters War on Taliban

  • 17 October 01
  • The Associated Press
A U.S. special forces gunship swung into action Tuesday, raking a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan with heavy machine-gun and cannon fire.

U.S. Daylight Raids Spur Militant Pakistani Protests

  • 16 October 01
  • The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the biggest daylight raids so far, U.S. jets pounded targets around Kabul on Monday and attacked a military headquarters and a suspected terrorist training camp near the eastern city of Jalalabad. The stepped-up attacks came a day after U.S. President George W. Bush rebuffed the Taliban's latest offer to negotiate terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden's surrender -- if Bush would call off the bombing. In Pakistan, Muslim militants launched a nationwide strike to protest President Pervez Nusharraf's support for the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan. The strike call, which drew only a limited response, came as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell flew to Islamabad for talks with Pakistan on the air campaign. The ninth day of raids opened with jets streaking across the dawn sky over Kabul, striking in the area of the airport and a military base.

U.S. Warplanes Strike in 'Cleanup' Missions

  • 15 October 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. jets pounded targets in Kabul and other Afghan cities Sunday as the U.S. air campaign against Osama bin Laden and his Taliban allies entered a second week.

UN Workers Said to Be Target of Taliban Wrath

  • 11 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Angry Taliban loyalists have been beating up Afghan nationals working for UN-affiliated aid agencies.

U.S. Strikes Target Taliban Home Base

  • 10 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Striking the Taliban on home ground, U.S. warplanes pounded the area around the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Tuesday night for the second time in 12 hours.

U.S. Unleashes New Wave of Strikes

  • 09 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Heavy bursts of anti-aircraft fire ripped the night sky over Kabul on Monday, heralding a second night of American attacks aimed at the Taliban government and Osama bin Laden.

U.S. and Britain Attack Afghanistan

  • 08 October 01
  • The Associated Press
Thunderous explosions and the rattle of anti-aircraft fire were heard Sunday night in Kabul, as the United States and Britain launched a military attack in Afghanistan.

Afghan Opposition Steps Up Attacks

  • 25 September 01
  • The Associated Press
Afghanistan's opposition alliance attacked a key northern district Monday with several dead on each side.

Taliban Reacts to Sanctions With Product Boycott

  • 20 December 00
  • The Associated Press
The ruling Taliban militia reacted swiftly Wednesday to news of harsh new United Nations sanctions by ordering Afghans to boycott products from the two sponsors of the measure - the United States and Russia.

Taliban Calls for Holy War

160 Held on Indian Airliner in Afghanistan