Country: Afghanistan

Afghanistan (June 1996)

In September 1995, the Taliban captured Herat, Afghanistan’s second city, thereby significantly altering the balance of power within the country. They subsequently threatened to attack the capital if President Rabbani did not stand down. The threat of major conflict in Kabul led to the withdrawal of many NGO and UN staff. Rabbani accused Pakistan of… Read more »

Afghanistan (April 1995)

The emergence of a new military force – Taleban – has had a major impact on the evolution of the Afghan conflict. Taleban means ‘seekers’, and is generally applied to Islamic theology students. Some are trained fighters, having fought with the Mujahideen against the Soviet army. Apparently they lost faith in the Mujahideen leadership after… Read more »

Boutros-Ghali Accepts UN’s Limitations

Just as this Newsletter was being prepared for despatch to our printers, the following article appeared in the UK newspaper The Independent on 27th October 1994. Because of its significance and interest to RRN members we decided to include it in the Newsletter. Our thanks to Richard Dowden and The Independent for permission to reproduce… Read more »

Afghanistan (September 1994)

Heavy fighting involving artillery, surface-to-surface rockets and jet aircraft has continued in Kabul for the past three months between the forces of President Rabbani and those resulting from the alliance between Prime Minister Hekmatyar and the militia leader Dostam. The ICRC estimates that 30,000 war-wound cases have been treated in the city since the beginning… Read more »

Afghanistan (March 1994)

Factional fighting resumed in Kabul at the beginning of 1994 resulting in the flight of up to 100,000 civilians from the city to the north and east. Pakistan has closed its borders to prevent the displaced entering the country. Fighting is also taking place around the northern cities of Kunduz and Mazar-I-Sharif. Displaced camps have… Read more »