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Afghanistan timeline May 2003

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May 31, 2003

May 30, 2003

  • As a U.S. special forces was moving along a road 50 kilometres south of Kabul, a homemade bomb was denonated, lightly wounding an Afghan soldier travelling with the group.
  • Attackers fired two rockets toward the U.S. base in Orgun[?], in Paktika province[?], Afghanistan. There were no casualties.

May 29, 2003

  • Fifteen kilometers south of Camp Warehouse near Kabul, Afghanistan, a German ISAF vehicle hit a mine killing one peacekeeper and injuring another.
  • A team of U.S. investigators arrived in Kabul to investigate the deadly shooting on May 21 in which U.S. Marines guarding the American Embassy killed three Afghan soldiers.
  • In Afghanistan, two men were killed by an exploding mine at Kabul's former royal palace, apparently while planting the device.

May 28, 2003

  • Near Khost[?], Afghanistan, attackers set off a remote-controlled bomb near a vehicle carrying U.S. special forces. There were no casualties.
  • In Gardez, Afghanistan, attackers fired two rockets toward a U.S. base. The rockets, however, fell far short of their target.

May 27, 2003

May 26, 2003

May 25, 2003

  • Afghan authorities arrested Mullah Janan, a suspected military commander of the former Taliban regime, and two of his aides. The authorities accused Janan of plotting attacks on Afghan government buildings.

May 24, 2003

  • About 80 demonstrators marched through downtown Kabul for several hours to protest the accidental slaying of three or four Afghan soldiers by U.S. troops on May 21. Some demonstrators hurled rocks. Some chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Karzai." A demand was made that the U.S. soldiers involved in the incident be handed over to the local authorities. At least one ISAF soldier was hurt and two vehicles damaged.
  • In Afghanistan, unknown assailants threw grenades into the Jalalabad offices of Medair[?] causing material damage but no injuries.

May 23, 2003

May 22, 2003

May 21, 2003

  • Outside the U.S. embassy In Kabul, U.S. troops shot dead three or four Afghan soldiers and wounded four others when they mistakenly thought they were about to come under attack. "The U.S. soldiers thought the Afghan soldiers were aiming guns at them," a U.S. intelligence official said. "They panicked and opened fire."

May 20, 2003

  • The twelve provincial governors of Afghanistan signed an agreement to deliver millions of dollars of customs revenue owed to the central government. The finance ministry said that customs revenues exceeded half a billion dollars in 2002, but only $80 million reached Kabul. Under the agreement, Uzbek leader, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, would no longer serve asHamid Karzai's special envoy for the northern regions and other officials would have to follow the suit.
  • In Gardez province[?], Afghanistan, a U.S. Special Forces soldier was wounded when a a homemade bomb exploded near a U.S. military vehicle.
  • Pakistani Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Water & Power Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao[?] met with Afghan president Hamid Karzai to discuss repatriation of Afghan refugees.

May 19, 2003

  • In a speech broadcast on Afghan television, president Hamid Karzai threatened to dissolve the government unless provincial leaders started paying their taxes. Karzai said he would call another Loya Jirga to form a new government in the coming two or three months if the situation did not improve.

May 18, 2003

  • The Afghan government launched a training program to create a 50,000-strong national police force and 12,000 border police by 2008.

May 17, 2003

May 16, 2003

May 15, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 13, 2003

May 12, 2003

May 11, 2003

May 10, 2003

  • An Afghan soldier was killed and a U.S. special forces soldier wounded in firefights the Khost[?] area of Afghanistan. A U.S. A-10 aircraft and AH-64 helicopters were called in to kill the remaining opposing fighters.

May 9, 2003

May 8, 2003

May 7, 2003

May 6, 2003

May 5, 2003

May 4, 2003

  • Afghan Rebels fired five rockets at U.S. special forces training near Gardez. The rockets missed the soldiers by 800 yards.

May 3, 2003

May 2, 2003

May 1, 2003

  • The membership of Afghanistan in the International Criminal Court was scheduled to take effect. After this date, the ICC was to have the authority to investigate and prosecute serious war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed on Afghan soil.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met Afghan leader Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul. Rumsfeld also met with U.S.-coalition leader Lieutenant General Dan McNeill[?] and toured a training base for the fledgling Afghan National Army. A senior U.S. official accompanying Rumsfeld said the U.S. was "moving out of major combat operations and...into reconstruction, stability and humanitarian relief operations." Rumsfeld's visit was a short lay over on his way from Kuwait to London.
  • Speaking on television, Fazil Ahmed Manawi[?], the deputy chief of the Afghan Supreme Court, read a resolution made by a council of 350 Islamic scholars that urged Afghan women working outside of their homes to wear the traditional hijab. The statement also urged the government to punish publications that violated Islamic values. The council also called on the government to promote madrassas and to give the Islamic scholars, in recognition of their role in the resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a say in the government.
  • Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmed Jalali[?] ordered release of 72 Pakistani prisoners and promised more would be freed soon.



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