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  Lemar-Aftaab -April - June 1998 - Vol. 1: Issue. 4 - Journey - Balkh : The Land of Hopes - Daud Saba   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Balkh is the most ancient city of modern Afghanistan, which was given its name during the Hakhaminids era.
The major province in this territory is the province of Balkh with the capital of Mazar-e-Sharif.
The emergence of this city to replace the importance of Balkh could be attributed to the existence of the Shrine of Hazrat-e Ali the fourth Caliph of Islam (based on myth).
www.afghanmagazine.com /april98/journey/balkh.html   (1069 words)

 ReliefWeb » Document Preview » Drought Situation in the Provinces of Balkh, Juzjan and Faryab
Balkh province consists of Balkh, Charbulak, Sholagra, Daulatabad, Nahri Shahi, Chimtal Shoortipa, Charkent and Mazar Shrif districts.
Since Balkh province practice both irrigation as well as rain-fed agriculture and the amount of water flowing in Chashma Shafa river is not sufficient therefore a vast area is cultivated through rain-fed practice.
The pasturelands in the province are almost dried and as in Balkh province the traditional reservoirs (Kanda) are empty.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/rwb.nsf/AllDocsByUNID/efb5e91219b4d65485256911004df97e   (1867 words)

 Opium Trade Not Easily Uprooted, Afghanistan Finds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In 2003, farmers in Balkh cultivated 2,717 acres of poppy; in 2004, the number leapt to 6,163 acres.
One reason for the increase in Balkh and other areas, according to one U.S. counter-narcotics official, was that both local and central government authorities lacked the will and the means to mount serious crop eradication programs in places where farmers had ignored their pleas not to plant.
Sherjan Durrani, spokesman for the Afghan police in Balkh province, bristled at the allegations.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/14/AR2005071401913_pf.html   (1446 words)

 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Balkh
Balkh (also known as Wazirabad), town in northern Afghanistan, in Balkh Province, on the Balkh River, near Mazār-e Sharīf.
Mazār-e Sharīf, city in northern Afghanistan, capital of Balkh Province, near Balkh.
It is a commercial center of the Afghan Turkistan Region and a...
ca.encarta.msn.com /Balkh.html   (72 words)

The province of Balkh lies in the north of Afghanistan.
20% of the province is irrigated and cultivated, mainly in the centre, 30% is rain fed, mainly in the mountainous south, and in the north runs a large expanse of desert.
Audiences in Balkh province across all income groups are sophisticated in terms of their listening: they recognise good quality radio.
www.mediasupport.org /Documents/papers_and_articles/balkhreport.htm   (13395 words)

 Afghanistan: Lawmakers' Slayings Pose Hard Questions
Mohabat was a warlord in Laghman Province, east of Kabul, and was captured after clashing with U.S. forces in neighboring Nangarhar Province in 2004.
Mohammad Ashraf Ramazan, elected to the People's Council from northern Balkh Province, was gunned down with one of his bodyguards on 27 September as he drove from a vote counting station in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh's provincial capital.
The protestors in Balkh, like those in Laghman, demanded the removal of officials and that Ramazan's brother, Ahmad Shah Ramazan, be allowed to occupy the seat that his slain brother seemed poised to win.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2005/12/mil-051215-rferl01.htm   (864 words)

 Afghanistan: School Closures In Balkh Province Leave Teachers, Students Stranded
Sayeed Yusuf Rahmani, the head of Balkh's Department of Education, says the Education Ministry has ordered the closure of more than half the schools in the province: "We have 32 schools in Balkh District, but only 13 schools are allowed to function; 19 schools will be closed.
Shakilo Qaderi, a teacher at Balkh's Sino school, says even with an unreliable salary she was thrilled to be able to return to her profession after almost a decade.
The ministry says under the circumstances, it has no plans to close any schools and that the announcement in Balkh and other provinces was the result of a misunderstanding between the ministry and the provincial education departments.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2003/07/mil-030723-rfel-164412.htm   (935 words)

 [ www.azadiradio.org ]
Citing the expected takeover of a PRT in Konduz Province by Germany, the statement warned that, rather than fulfilling traditional peacekeeping functions, PRTs continue to implement reconstruction projects in areas where professional assistance organizations are free to work.
Citizens in the Balkh Province are disappointed with the work of the PRT in their province, Hindukosh news agency reported on 15 October.
The PRT in the Balkh capital of Mazar-e Sharif that is run by the United Kingdom has a budget of $5 million, which cannot meet the expectations of the people there, according to the report.
www.azadiradio.org /en/dailyreport/2003/10/16.asp   (466 words)

 Balkh on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
BALKH [Balkh], town, N Afghanistan, on a dried-up tributary of the Amu Darya River.
BALKH, AFGHANISTAN Taliban POW'S are her held in a small room in Balkh, Afghanistan, near Mazar-e-Sharif, December 4, 2001.
Taliban POW's are kept in a thick walled cell in Balkh, Afghanistan near Mazar-e-Sharif, December 4, 2001.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/B/Balkh.asp   (877 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The religious scholars and representatives of Mazar-e Sharif [the capital of northern Balkh Province] have said that the council set up by Balkh Province Governor Atta Mohammad Nur to support the law is illegal.
They also claimed that, in the name of the law, the governor of Balkh Province has used his power to destroy the homes of poor and miserable people.
The governor of Balkh Province said that such a gathering was held once before.
www.sabawoon.com /news/miniheadlines.asp?dismode=article&artid=23595   (233 words)

And security is becoming a concern again because of renewed insurgent fighting in southern and eastern provinces and the recent emergence of al-Qaeda-style suicide bomb attacks and roadside bombs.
Atta says there are few property disputes in the province, and when they occur the courts have free reign to decide the cases.
The Balkh court is the site of a pilot program where computers are being introduced to assist in case management.
www.sj-r.com /extras/afghanistan/Part1.asp   (1705 words)

 DefendAmerica News - Afghanistan Update
Kandahar province, Afghanistan — Task Force Devil medical and civil affairs personnel conducted a cooperative medical assistance visit to the village of Akhundzadal Kalay, south of Kandahar, in Kandahar province yesterday.
Kandahar province, Afghanistan -- Task Force Devil Civil Affairs personnel and a 151st Romanian team conducted a village patrol to the medical clinics of Rawanay and Mandi Sar, south of Kandahar in Kandahar province yesterday.
Joint civilian and military use of the Kandahar airport is a priority in the effort to assist in the economic growth and stability of Afghanistan.
www.defendamerica.mil /afghanistan/update/jul2003/au071003.html   (4760 words)

 WAR :: INQ7.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The capital of Balkh province and the bulwark of the Taliban's control of northern Afghanistan, the city has now become the main thrust of the air and ground campaign against the radical Islamic militia.
With Balkh and Takhar under opposition control, the Taliban would be sandwiched in the two other northeastern provinces, cut off from their bases in the west and left dangerously vulnerable in the central highlands.
Such a blow also could be devastating to the Taliban's morale in other areas of the country, particularly western Herat province where the militia's rural Pashtun troops have never been at home among the relatively wealthy, Persian-speaking population.
www.inq7.net /specials/newwar/wardiaries/day_33-3.htm   (682 words)

 Insurgents Burn Down Afghan Girls School
Two tents housing schools for girls in the Charar Bolak district in Balkh province were destroyed in the blaze late Sunday, said Abdul Sabur Khan, a local military official.
It is the first such attack in the Balkh province, considered a stronghold of the anti-Taliban northern alliance that helped a U.S.-led coalition oust the hardline militia and their al-Qaida allies in 2001.
Elsewhere, fighting between rival local commanders in a northern Afghan province killed one person and wounded at least three, a spokesman for one of two key factions in the region said Monday.
www.peacewomen.org /news/Sept03/insurgents.html   (286 words)

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Media round-up 30 October 2001 Balkh radio still heard by BBC Monitoring Radio Voice of Shari'ah of Balkh Province - the Taleban-controlled provincial radio station based in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif - continues to be observed on its usual frequency of 1584 kHz mediumwave.
The coordinator of the northern zone and governor of Balkh Province met separately the commander of the 19th military division and the security commander of Balkh Province yesterday.
The chairman of the Department for Martyrs and Refugee Affairs of Balkh Province received a number of officials from aid organizations in his office yesterday.
www.angelfire.com /ok/worldofradio/dxld1163.txt   (6163 words)

 Vocabulary of 'town'
Balkh was destroyed completely during Mongol invasion in 13th century.
Balkh was restored by Tamerlane in 15th century but after the alleged discovery of Ali's tomb at Mazar i Sharif, Balkh has declined.
explanation: Capital of Nangarhar province, lying 150 km east of Kabul on a fertile valley, Jalalabad is occupying a strategic place on the road to Pakistan via Khyber pass.
www.docoja.com /cgi-bin/keywordj?afgg+town+dico/afggifg   (626 words)

 [ www.azadiradio.org ]
The Afghan Interior Ministry rejected reports that troops from the Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan have arrived in the western Herat Province, Afghanistan Television reported on 26 August.
Ahmad Ayyubi, spokesman for Ghor's Public Council, told AIP that the "dispatch of forces from other provinces to Herat is a negative action and we are strictly against it." According to Ayyubi, sending troops from other provinces will only complicate the situation, and only efforts "in line with the central government's instructions" can be helpful.
A delegation representing Balkh Governor Nur and the leader of Junbish-e Melli party, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, is in Herat trying to mediate between Ismail Khan and Ghor Governor Ebrahim Malikzadah and Afzali; however, Nezami said that the delegation would not able to solve the problem as long as Ismail Khan rules Herat.
www.azadiradio.org /en/dailyreport/2004/08/27.asp   (632 words)

 Central Asia - OFDA-32: 10-May-02
The effort to eradicate locusts in the northern provinces accelerated as pesticides were dispersed in some areas by helicopter.
Khan is the brother of warlord Padshah Khan Zadran in Paktia Province.
UNAMA estimates that farmers in northern Baghlan Province have lost up to 40 percent of their crop, while in some parts of Samangan Province there has been complete destruction of crops.
iys.cidi.org /humanitarian/hsr/centralasia/archive/ixl87a.html   (2965 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Reporter bullied over alleged war crimes video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Now a reporter with Balkh Radio and Television’s Uzbek service based in Mazar-e-Sharif, Mayel told IWPR that armed supporters of Dostum abducted him on 21 October from his home near the city.
The men took him to a private prison in Jowzjan province, where he was interrogated and tortured for 10 days.
General Majid Azemi, who heads the national security service - or secret police - in Balkh province, says that even if it were true that Mayel sold the tape, the security service would not view it as a crime offence.
www.isn.ethz.ch /securitywatch/details_print.cfm?id=10139   (1218 words)

 The Texture of Time-Thomas Cole
Balkh Airlines had no association with any of the travel agencies in Peshawar, so I ventured across town to the new city where I spent some time trying to locate the "airline office".
Balkh, ancient Bactria, the "Mother of All Cities", the seat of great empires including that of Alexander the Great, is now a tiny village with not much happening.
He was cautioned that I came as a journalist and guest of the Governor of Balkh Province.
www.tcoletribalrugs.com /article1.html   (3319 words)

 HARIAN UMUM SUARA MERDEKA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
An alliance of opposition groups claimed to have captured a key district of Balkh province and to have killed tens of Taliban militia fighters.
Abdul Rashid Dostam, one of the most powerful warlords in the anti-Taliban opposition, said his forces had ousted the Taliban from Zaare district, 100 kilometers west of Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province.
"Zaare is very important because it's on the main highway linking the provinces of Balkh, Jozjan and Samangan," said Dostam, who was speaking to AFP from the frontline in Balkh, near the border with Uzbekistan.
www.suaramerdeka.com /harian/0109/25/eng4.htm   (792 words)

 Marching to a different Afghan tune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
They have taken their message not only to Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, but also to other northern regions such as Parwan, Baghlan, Takhar and Kunduz, to Paktia and Zabul in the south, and to the capital Kabul and the nearby Wardak province.
The meeting in Mazar-e-Sharif ended with rounds of hugs, and students from both provinces chanted the group’s motto, “We are neither Pashtun nor Tajik, neither Uzbek nor Hazara - we are merely Afghans and want to live as brothers in our country.
According to Farhad, who helped with arrangements for the visitors, more than 1,000 students from Balkh province have decided they too want to take that message on the road.
www.kashar.net /complete.asp?id=1089   (616 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Last week a mummified corpse was discovered, during an excavation by the people living in Zare district of Balkh province but it is now kept by the ministry of information and culture.
Roin added that they plan to establish a museum in Balkh province to preserve the artifacts discovered in the province.
Negligent excavations had been underway in many areas, particularly in Balkh district in the past years, and the discovered artifacts had been smuggled abroad.
www.sabawoon.com /newsnew/miniheadlines.asp?dismode=article&artid=20646   (348 words)

 Central Asia - OFDA-42: 30-Aug-02
In Kandahar Province, UNAMA reports two men were killed on August 19 when a bomb they were planting on a dais to be used in Afghan Independence Day celebrations in the sports stadium exploded prematurely.
Many of these were ethnic Pashtuns fleeing persecution in Faryab Province in the north; however, some were returned IDPs who found conditions in their village too poor to remain for the winter.
In Badghis Province in the west, UNAMA reports the average malaria prevalence rate in some villages of Abkamary District is approximately nine percent of the total population.
iys.cidi.org /humanitarian/hsr/02b/ixl26.html   (2628 words)

 (11/21/2004) Afghan Farmers Harvesting Bumper Crop Of Opium
Farhad, from Rodaat district in Nangarhar province, said he owed a lot of money to various people and was relying on opium to get him out of debt.
Sayed Mohammed was irrigating his fields in near the village of Arzankar village in the Chahar Bulak district of Balkh province.
Mohammed Tayeb, head of education department at the agricultural institute in Balkh, said there are 439 villages in the province which each grow opium on an area of at least 54 jerib [108,000 square meters] of land.
www.monitor.net:16080 /monitor/0411a/newafghanopium3.html   (1053 words)

 PRINT Afghanistan harvests another bumper opium crop
Local farmers who heeded warnings that their poppy crop would be eradicated and opted to grow other plants are now sorely disappointed that they will miss out on the profits from a lucrative harvest.
Badakhshan is Afghanistan's northernmost province and one of its most remote.
According to Daoud, the provinces of Balkh, Kandahar and Farah in the far west have been the main centers of cultivation this year.
www.newfarm.org /international/news/2005/060105/060605/opium_print.shtml   (925 words)

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