The Unite States in Afghanistan

The United States and Great Britain have launched military assaults on at least three cities in Afghanistan in retaliation for the September 11 attacks on the U.S.

At 9:00 PM Kabul TimeFirst Day of Strikes
First Day of Strikes October 8, 2001. 9:00 pm, Kabul Time 30 targets were hit inside Afghanistan including al-Qaueda training camps in 8 Afghan cities: Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Jelalabad, Khost Ben Laden and Mullah Omar Survived from last night's strikes Humanitarian food dropped to Afghan refugees, 37,500 package of lunch food Huge demonstration in support of Taliban in Pakistan Second Day of Airstrikes: 9:00PM Kabul Time Pentagon: Small package of airstrikes including Kabul, Kandahar cities Taliban fired anti aire misslies Al Agizeera TV: 30 people have been killed around Kabul Airport Taliban: Mullah M. Omar, Taliban leader and Ben Laden alive Taliban: We wait for gurilla war with Americans Northern Alliance: Ready to attack Kabul by tomorrow Northern Alliance: Pakistan must stop interfering future of Afghanistan US: The military actions will expand to ouside countries of Afghanistan Strike on Kandahar causes panic U.S. marks 1 month since attacks Alliance claims key province captured Indonesia braces for more protests U.S.: Taliban leaders killed in airstrikes October 8, 2001. 9:00 pm, Kabul Time
30 targets were hit inside Afghanistan including al-Qaueda training camps in 8 Afghan cities: Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Jelalabad, Khost Ben Laden and Mullah Omar Survived from last night's strikes.

Huge demonstration in support of Taliban in PakistanSecond Day of Airstrikes: 9:00PM Kabul Time Pentagon: Small package of airstrikes including Kabul, Kandahar cities Taliban fired anti aire misslies
Al Ajazeera TV: 30 people have been killed around Kabul Airport
Taliban: Mullah M. Omar, Taliban leader and Ben Laden alive
Taliban: We wait for gurilla war with Americans
Northern Alliance: Ready to attack Kabul by tomorrow
Northern Alliance: Pakistan must stop interfering future of Afghanistan
US: The military actions will expand to ouside countries of Afghanistan
Strike on Kandahar causes panic


U.S. marks 1 month since attacks
Alliance claims key province captured
U.S.: Taliban leaders killed in airstrikes

Day of 32/33, November 9, 2001.
- The Northern Alliance opposition in Afghanistan says a key Taleban commander has been killed in US air strikes near the city of Mazar-e-Sharif
- Afghan refugees fleeing US bombing are to be allowed to move to designated refugee sites
US dropped a 15.000 BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter"pounds bomb for the first time in the last 50 years in Front Line in Northern Afghanistan.

Day of 35/36
Taliban: Key city has fallen
In northern Afghanistan, the nation's ruling Taliban confirmed Saturday that the opposition Northern Alliance had taken the strategic city of Mazar-e Sharif on Friday morning after what they described as a strategic withdrawal Taliban: Key city has fallen
- The opposition forces further claim to have seized the strategic town of Pul-e-Khumri, north of Kabul, and the town of Qala-e-Nau in the western province of Badghis

Day of 36, Friday, December 21, 2001
NEW YORK (AP) - President Bush is directing northern alliance forces not to take the capital of Kabul as they battle the ruling Taliban, saying he wants the city to become a base for power-sharing among different tribes in the new Afghanistan...
The Northern Alliance say they have taken several key towns in northern Afghanistan and have eliminated the main Taleban forces in the region.

Day of 38, Friday, December 21, 2001
Kabul mop-up continues
- Focus shifts to Kandahar
- Osama bin Laden on the run?
- Taliban commanders defecting - Rumsfeld: Some U.S. troops in Kabul - Diplomats scramble to form government Alliance pushes toward Kabul
Sources in the Northern Alliance Defense Ministry have told CNN an order has been given to begin an assault toward the capital, Kabul. Hundreds of opposition troops are moving south in the direction of the front lines north of Kabul. Meanwhile, Northern Alliance and Taliban artillery are exchanging artillery fire. Iranian state radio is also reporting that the alliance has captured the key western city of Herat.

Day of 39 US Airstrikes of Afghanistan, November 16, 2001
Kabul mop-up continues
- Aid workers safe after military operation Eight Western relief agency workers freed, in good condition in Pakistan
- Pentagon sources: U.S. airstrikes kill some al Qaeda, Taliban leaders
- Fighting reported in Kandahar in south, Konduz in north - -Taliban supreme leader speaks of plan to destroy United States - Anti-Taliban Pashtuns in tribal council, plan to ask Taliban to stop fighting


Day of 40 of AFGHAN WAR, Sat.November 17, 2001.
US heavily bombed Taliban positions in Kunduz and around Taluqan.
- Officials: Senior Taliban leaders captured U.S.
- officials: Group of senior Taliban leaders captured by opposition forces
- Taliban troops apparently retreating from earlier losses into southern stronghold
- U.S. to highlight Taliban oppression of women - 160 British, U.S. troops meet no resistance in inspection of Kabul airfield
- U.S. pressing Northern Alliance to join broad-based government.
Day of 43 US Airstrikes of AFGHANISTAN

November 19, 2001.
- US forces have stepped up their bombardment around the town of Kunduz, the last northern Afghan stronghold of Taleban resistance.
- The Northern Alliance says Osama Bin Laden is hiding about 128 km (80 miles) east of Kandahar
- UN special envoy Francesc Vendrell holds talks in Kabul with former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani
-Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for more than 20 percent of the world’s Muslims, are ready to provide peacekeeping troops to help stabilize a post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Day of 41, US Airstrikes of AFGHANISTAN
Report: Taliban says bin Laden has left Afghanistan
- Deposed Afghan president back in Kabul
- Afghan tribal leaders trying to persuade Taliban to quit Kandahar
- Taliban fighters in Konduz targeted by U.S. bombers
- Reports: Top bin Laden aide, Mohammed Atef, killed in U.S. airstrike -Conflicting reports on who controls Jalalabad
-Laura Bush outlines plight of Afghan women

Day of 42 US Airstrikes,
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001.

- US forces have stepped up their bombardment around the town of Kunduz, the last northern Afghan stronghold of Taleban resistance.
- The Northern Alliance says Osama Bin Laden is hiding about 128 km (80 miles) east of Kandahar
- UN special envoy Francesc Vendrell holds talks in Kabul with former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani
Ruling Taliban confirmed Saturday that the opposition Northern Alliance had taken the strategic city of Mazar-e Sharif on Friday morning after what they described as a strategic withdrawal.

Day of 45 US Airstrikes, Tuesday,November 20, 2001
Despite terrible weather, U.S. airstrikes resumed Tuesday morning in Konduz province, the last stronghold for the Taliban in the northern part of Afghanistan. - The Taliban have approached the United Nations to negotiate a surrender of Konduz, but the world agency does not have the means to do accommodate that request, a top U.N. envoy said Tuesday. "It is evident that the United Nations cannot, has no means, is not present on the ground and simply cannot possibly accede to this request," said Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. special envoy for Afghanistan.
December 20, 2001. The anti-Taliban opposition left the Tora-Bora area. The Afghan commanders claim that the Afghan War against Taliban is over. In Kandahar, the leaders of city claim that it is time to rebuild the city than to follow the Taliban.
- Donald Rumsfeld denies he told Nato members the US was planning to target Somalia in the next stage of its war on terror
- The US defence secretary dismisses reports the US is involved in a search by Yemeni Government forces for suspects linked to al-Qaeda
- The first person to be formally accused in connection with the 11 September attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui, is remanded in custody after appearing in court in Virginia
- FBI agents interrogate alleged al-Qaeda members at a detention centre at Kandahar airport Pashtun forces in Kandahar step up their search for the Taleban spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar

Day of 46 US Airstrikes of Afghanistan, Nov. 21, 2001
U.S. airstrike hits the Konduz province Wednesday, Nov. 20
US continues bombing of Southern parts of Afghanisan: Kandahar, Khost, Gardez and Northern part of Afghanistan Kunduz positions
- US offers pause in airstrikes of Kunduz in order to talk with Taliban commanders
- Taliban commanders, Alliance to meet Northern Alliance general will try to persuade Taliban leaders to surrender in Konduz
- U.S. commander not surprised by Taliban's collapse, says much work remains Battle for Kandahar remains at a standoff
- United Nations says it doesn't have the means to oversee surrender in Konduz As many as 1,600 Marines nearby could be called in

Day 47 of Afghan War, Nov 23.
Alliance: Taliban to leave Konduz by Sunday

- Alliance says Taliban fighters have agreed to leave besieged Konduz by Sunday
- Fighting breaks out in eastern Konduz province Taliban remain defiant in Kandahar
- Bush pledges to destroy al Qaeda network "piece by piece"
- U.S. on lookout for al Qaeda members trying to flee by sea
- Pakistan, the last country to have diplomatic relations with Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, has closed the Taliban embassy, a spokesman for Pakistan's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.
 

Day of 48 of AFGHAN WAR, Nov 23.
Battle of Kunduz: US bombing continues...
- A fresh attempt is being made to negotiate surrender Taliban in Kunduz, as Northrn Alliance forces fail to break through theri defences.
- Correspondents say there is still confusion about the situation in and around Kunduz, with alliance forces saying Taleban troops have been giving themselves up. But resistance has continued, and American B52 bombers were back in action over the city on Friday morning.
- The International Red Cross say they have found between 400 and 600 bodies in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif following its capture by the Northern Alliance

Day 49 of US Airstrikes, Nov 23.
- US dropped two duzzy 15,000 pounds around Kandahar last night.
- US bombs hit Kunduz and Jelalabad positions.
Hundreds of Taliban troops surrender at Konduz
- Senior Taliban commander surrenders to Northern Alliance
- Taliban believe opposition forces inside Kandahar Province
- Surrendering Taliban soldier kills himself, two others and injures Alliance commander
- Afghan factions meeting in Bonne has postponed till Tuesday.

Day of 50 AFGHAN WAR
25 November 2001.

Konduz on verge of falling
- Northern Alliance soldiers advance toward Konduz
- Northern Alliance claims control of half of Konduz
- Deputy of bin Laden reported killed
- Witness: Many Taliban prisoners killed in revolt near Mazar-e Sharif
- Alliance president: Non-Afghan Taliban should be handed over to U.N.
- The Pentagon denied reports from opposition forces that Pakistani planes were airlifting Pakistani fighters away from their positions on Taliban front lines near Konduz.

Day of 51 AFGHAN WAR Nov. 27
More than 1500 US marines landed around Kandahar, Afghanistan
- Afghan summit begins as war continues
- U.S., British special forces join fight to crush Taliban prison revolt in Mazar-e Sharif
- US marines have gone into combat near the Taleban stronghold of Kandahar, destroying about 15 vehicles in a convoy near the airstrip where they landed
- Afghan factions begin summit in Germany on post-Taliban government
- Marines in Afghanistan to help hunt down al Qaeda forces President- Bush cautions about casualties in next phase of war
- In Konduz, Northern Alliance troops continued to consolidate their hold on the city.
- A Sweeden TV4 journalist has been killed.

Day of 52 AFGHAN WAR Nov. 28
Alliance captures Konduz;

- Marines land near Kandahar
- Northern Alliance controls northern Taliban stronghold of Konduz
- Marines, equipment arriving by helicopter from ships off Pakistan coast
- Force of 1,200 to 1,500 Marines will be on ground in 24 hours, official says
- Red Cross: Taliban prison revolt continues, a day after hundreds killed Freed aid workers return to U.S.
- US dropped three dizzy 15,000 pound bombs around Kandahar on Sunday Nov. 25
- The Red Cross said a Taliban prison revolt continued Monday at a compound near Mazar-e Sharif. Hundreds of prisoners were killed Sunday as the Northern Alliance fought to end the rebellion.

Day of 53 AFGHAN WAR Nov 29.
Kandahar area hit in new bombardment

- First U.S. combat death in Afghanistan: CIA officer killed in Taliban prison revolt
- Reports: Taliban leader Omar urges followers to "fight to the death"
- Pentagon says airdrop over Afghanistan hit home, killing woman and a child
- US continues bombing of Taliban positions in Kandahar and around Jelalabad
- CIA confirms that his agent has been killed in Mazar
Taliban claim leader Omar safe after strikes
- - U.S. strikes target where Taliban leader believed to be
- U.S bombed Kandahar in the last two days
- Former Taliban ambassador claims Omar not harmed
- Captured sites suspected of being used for weapons of mass destruction research
- U.S. commander: Bin Laden, leaders might be in Kandahar, Jalalabad areas
- Afghan summit in Germany enters second day
- A small number of Russian troops arrived in Kabul. Russians claim they are to help humanitarian efforts.

Day of 55 of US Airtrikes of AFGHANISTAN
Nov. 30, 2001.

U.S. Marines take up positions at their base near Kandahar
- New airstrikes slam Kandahar No ground assault yet, but opposition groups surround last Taliban stronghold
- Taliban in Kandahar arrest several people, accuse them of aiding allied bombing runs
- Talks on post-Taliban Afghanistan government getting down to "nitty gritty"
- In Kandahar, the Taleban are reported to have hanged a man accused of spying for the US after he was found with a satellite phone.
U.S. Central Command on Saturday denied a report that Taliban forces had shot down a U.S. warplane near Kandahar. "All planes are accounted for," said Sgt. Maj. Rich Czizik with U.S. Central Command public affairs. The report came from Mulla Abdul Salam Zaeef, former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Day of 56 of AFGHAN WAR, December 2.
- US airplanes attack Kandahar, Jelalabad
- Mullah M. Omar has urged his followers to fight to death.
- More than 50 Civilians have been killed in a village near Tora Bora in Jelalabad
- Taliban fighters resisted US and local Pashtoun melitia attacks
- An announcement outlining the rough structure of an interim government for a post-Taliban Afghanistan could be imminent after a hurdle was overcome at a U.N. summit.

Day of 57 of AFGHAN WAR, December 3
- US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Taleban forces defending Kandahar to surrender or die
- American warplanes have kept up intensive air strikes in Afghanistan around the Taleban's last remaining stronghold of Kandahar
- About 40 French troops arrive in Mazar-e-Sharif, the first to be deployed in Afghanistan after being held up in neighbouring Uzbekistan, the foreign ministry in Paris says
- The Pentagon denies reports that US bombs killed about 20 civilians in eastern Afghanistan, close to suspected Taleban and al-Qaeda hideouts - Tribal forces in southern Afghanistan, backed by American air strikes, say they are closing in on the last remaining Taleban stronghold of Kandahar from different directions
- US military forces take custody of a young American from Washington DC, captured fighting for the Taleban A UN spokeswoman says factional fighting and looting in Mazar-e-Sharif is threatening the delivery of aid


Dary of 58 of AFGHAN WAR, DEC. 5
Taliban foes rush to Tora Bora
- Anti-Taliban fighters flock to Tora Bora mountains, bin Laden's reputed hideout
-Up to 3,000 fighters may arrive by day's end Interim leader chosen for Afghanistan
- Al Qaeda second-in-command reported wounded in airstrike;
- U.S. can't confirm U.S.
- officials: Bin Laden working to build crude nuclear bomb
- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday he believes bin Laden is still in Afghanistan. "We think he is in Afghanistan," said Rumsfeld. "He may not be. Afghanistan has long, porous borders. In the event he decides to flee, we will have to follow him where he flees."
Alliance battles al Qaeda and the cold
- Bombing continues in area where bin Laden may be hiding
- Eastern Alliance fighters battle cold
- U.S. officials believe they've identified sheik in bin Laden video U.S.
- Taliban fighter moved to ship in Arabian Sea

Day of 59 of AFGHAN WAR, DEC.6
- Heavy fighting under way in Tora-Bora at Jelalabad. 3000 anti-Taliban fighters participated in attacks
- US airplanes resume airstrikes of Kandahar
- Three Army Special Forces soldiers, five Afghan fighters killed
- 20 Americans, 18 anti-Taliban fighters wounded Officials say satellite-guided bomb landed 100 meters from troops
- Anti-Taliban fighters report close-quarters combat near Tora Bora caves Pashtun fighters battle
- Taliban for control of Kandahar airport

Day 60 of AFGHAN WAR, DEC. 7
Taliban 'effectively finished': Karzai
- US aiplanes contine bombing of Tora-Bora region
- Taliban authority 'effectively finished' as they surrender Kandahar, Afghan leader Karzai says U.S.
- Marines kill 7 in firefight on road near Kandahar; no American casualties - Looting breaks out in Kandahar as Taliban flee
- Karzai says Taliban leader Mullah Omar has missed deadline to renounce terrorism
- Rumsfeld says any amnesty for Omar would "not be consistent" with U.S. goals
- Intense fighting in Tora Bora
Smoke rises from the mountainous terrain of Tora Bora
- Pashtun tribal leaders report Mullah Omar in Kandahar Friday, left overnight
- U.S. planes pound mountains near Tora Bora, where bin Laden may be hiding
- CNN's Brent Sadler reports bombing focused on al Qaeda mortar position
- Tribal commander: Al Qaeda radio intercepts refer to "tall man on horseback"
- Man on horseback called "the sheik" -- al Qaeda reference to bin Laden Tensions build between rival opposition factions in Kandahar

Day of 62 AFGHAN WAR - 9 December 2001
-The hunt intensifies U.S. planes bomb near Tora Bora, where bin Laden thought to be hiding
- Tribal leaders say bin Laden may be directing 1,000 al Qaeda fighters
- Talks under way for leadership of Kandahar
- N. Alliance personnel crashes, 15 killed
U.S. warplanes Sunday bombed targets in the White Mountains near Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan, where suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and many of his followers are believed to be hiding.
Saturday November 8, 2001

Day of 63 AFGHAN WAR -Monday, December 10, 2001
Northern Alliance fighters return from a frontline position in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan
- Kandahar province will lead city pending Afghan interim government approval
- Alliance claims key gains against al Qaeda in mountain fighting - Tribal leaders say bin Laden may be directing 1,000 al Qaeda fighters
- U.S. military: "American Taliban" providing useful information
- The hunt intensifies U.S. planes bomb near Tora Bora, where bin Laden thought to be hiding
- Tribal leaders say bin Laden may be directing 1,000 al Qaeda fighters
- Talks under way for leadership of Kandahar Copter carrying
- N. Alliance personnel crashes, 15 killed Britain says it won't hand
U.S. warplanes Sunday bombed targets in the White Mountains near Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan, where suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and many of his followers are believed to be hiding.

Day of 64 of AFGHAN WAR, Tuesday, December 11, 2001.
-World Media and Afghanistan Summary NewsEastern Alliance tells forces at Tora Bora to surrender or face death Deadline for surrender is - Alliance captures main al Qaeda base at Tora Bora
- Bush: Videotape will show bin Laden guilty of "incredible murder"
- Source: U.S. likely to release tape Wednesday after independent translation
- Bush to lead ceremonies today marking three months since terror attacks

Monday, December 17, 2001
E. Alliance claims victory, U.S. says war not over
- U.S. officials discount one E. Alliance commander's claim the war against al Qaeda is "already finished."
- U.S. warplanes continue intense assault near Tora Bora.
- Prisoners say bin Laden still in Tora Bora, contradicting claims he may have fled.
- State Dept. rep. James Dobbins opens U.S. Embassy in Kabul.