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  CNN.com - Konduz falls to Northern Alliance - November 26, 2001
KONDUZ, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Northern Alliance commanders said Monday their troops were in full control of Konduz, which had been the Taliban's last stronghold in northern Afghanistan.
Daoud Khan, the anti-Taliban commander at Konduz, said Taliban forces have retreated to a town to the west.
He said Konduz has been placed under the control of a security commission charged with demilitarizing the city and restoring law and order.
archives.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/11/26/ret.afghan.konduz   (459 words)

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KONDUZ, 2 Dec 2003 (IRIN) - Murad Khan, a farmer, waited patiently in a long queue on Tuesday.
He was lining up to register as a voter, keen to take part in the first democratic initiative in Afghanistan in more than a generation, as UN-backed voter registration got under way in the northeastern city of Konduz for the country's national elections due to be held next year.
Zarineh Hasan, a local doctor in Konduz city, is one of the very few women who have been registered as voters in the last two days.
irinnews.org /report.asp?ReportID=38195&SelectRegion=Central_Asia&...   (875 words)

 One Battle Ends, Another Begins - NW-1101WTCEXC - MSNBC.com
Despite the tension—and local residents’ accounts of looting by some Northern Alliance soldiers—most Konduz civilians seemed genuinely happy to see the Alliance troops after what some described as a Taliban reign of terror during their final weeks of power in the city.
Now the big question in Konduz is, “where are the Taliban?” There were supposed to be as many as 15,000 Afghan and foreign fighters in the town, but no one seemed to know where they all had gone.
Ironically, the fall of Konduz was marred when U.S. planes bombed forces belonging to their ally, Aamer Latif, in a fortress just north of the center of town.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3067413   (1181 words)

KONDUZ was on the brink of a bloodbath last night, as rival Northern Alliance warlords vied for the city and the Taleban’s besieged forces threatened to turn on each other.
As one Alliance general attacked from the east, another moved in from the west, while inside the last Taleban stronghold in northern Afghanistan foreign fanatics were preparing to kill Taleban defectors.
As the people of Konduz waited to discover their fate, so too did the thousands of foreigners fighting alongside the Taleban, many of them Islamic fundamentalists thought to be loyal to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.
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On the other hand, refugees who choose to return to Tajikistan often face harassment by neighbors who were on the victorious side in the civil war, a situation that is exacerbated by the unwillingness of government officials to safeguard their rights and the absence of government will to prosecute vigorously those who abuse returnees.
Shakalili stated that although the Tajik refugees in Konduz and Takhar provinces had not yet been officially recognized by the UNHCR as refugees, he himself was confident that the population comprises refugees.
It is difficult to argue that living conditions in the refugee camps of Konduz and Takhar have reached such a level of hardship that the Tajik opposition's failure to grant access constitutes a violation of international standards.
www.hrw.org /reports/1996/Tajik.htm   (17605 words)

 Pakistan is losing the war in Konduz.
Konduz is the last Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan.
As Pakistani Military Intelligence got the information that Konduz is going out of hands and Northern Alliance is all set to launch an assault to take Konduz by force; they have started pulling out the troops from Konduz.
Before the incidence in Konduz, Pakistani Air Force plane was seen landing in the Taliban's southern Afghanistan stronghold of Gandhar as reported earlier by American television network CNN.
hinduworld.tripod.com /views/konduz.html   (393 words)

 2001 war in Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many of the their front line troops were outflanked and then surrounded in the northern city of Konduz (or Kunduz) as the Nothern Alliance drove past them southwards.
Around the same time, CIA and Special Forces operatives were already at work in the area, enlisting and paying local warlords to join the fight and planning an attack on the Tora Bora complex.
On November 25, the day that Taliban fighters holding out in Konduz finally surrendered and were being herded into the Qala-e-Jangi prison complex near Mazar-I-Sharif, a few Taliban attacked some Northern Alliance guards, taking their weapons and opening fire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/United_States_war_in_Afghanistan   (7101 words)

 [The Harborsite] War at Critical Juncture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
While US air bombardments over Konduz and Khanabad focus on the Arab and Muslim soldiers of al Qaeda and the Taliban, Northern Alliance commanders are concentrating on the Taliban, though dividing their efforts between pounding them and seeking a negotiated handover of the embattled areas, which the US opposes.
Even amid the combat on the northern battlefield, Northern Alliance General Dostum, who commands the western front of Konduz, and General Daoud, on the eastern front, turned their attention away from the fierce fighting long enough to bicker over who would enter the city first that is if and when it falls.
At Konduz alone, some 10,000 non-Afghans are fighting in Taliban ranks, plus another 2-3,000 imported al Qaeda troops.
As for the immediate future, DEBKAfile's military sources discern to major difficulties facing US and Northern Alliance commanders:

1.andnbsp; The United States and opposition Afghan leaders are divided over both war objectives and field tactics.
grunt.space.swri.edu /pipermail/harborsite/2001-November/000309.html   (1386 words)

 Asia Times Online - The trusted source for news on Central Asia
And that deployment is at Konduz, an "island of peace" by Afghanistan's standards.
Konduz is one of the prime poppy growing areas in Afghanistan.
General Mohammad Daud, the Afghan military commander at Konduz, told the AFP news agency that the German troops would be asked to help fight local poppy farming.
atimes.com /atimes/Central_Asia/EK05Ag02.html   (1123 words)

Konduz surrounded; Taliban urged to defect November 19, 2001 Posted: 12:17 a.m.
The troops ringing the city, the last remaining Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan, are poorly armed and may not be able to launch a full-scale assault against Konduz, according to reports.
Dadullah and Khan are willing to surrender their heavy weapons and all non-Afghan fighters to the United Nations, the elders said, and they are willing to let the international body appoint a neutral caretaker and neutral governor for Konduz.
www.angelfire.com /pa5/apdwax/CURRENT1.HTML   (2241 words)

 CNN.com - Transcripts
We entered the city of Konduz from the east on the heels of several thousand Northern Alliance fighters this morning to a rather chaotic scene in the city's center, its streets literally clogged up with tanks, APGs and, believe it or not, Datsun pickup trucks.
Ryan was telling us that he came into Konduz some hours ago and is describing the situation on the ground there.
Konduz, of course, being in the northern part of Afghanistan.
www-cgi.cnn.com /TRANSCRIPTS/0111/26/lt.17.html   (850 words)

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KONDUZ, 21 Nov 2003 (IRIN) - Mohammad Yasin and his colleagues have no choice but to routinely wrestle with the half-century-old manual monotype German printing press at the Konduz printing press in their efforts to publish the state-run Konduz bi-weekly.
But despite this acute need, according to the UN office in Konduz, hardly any newspapers reach any of the local communities and, until recently, there was no radio to cover the northeastern provinces either.
Local communities, who mostly listen to the BBC or broadcasts from neighbouring countries, are frustrated in that none of those sources reflects their region's problems.
irinnews.org /report.asp?ReportID=38022&SelectRegion=Central_Asia&...   (715 words)

 DefendAmerica News - Article
KONDUZ, Afghanistan —; Playing before a crowd of more than 2,000 fans - broadcast live over the local radio station - 'Team USA' was soundly defeated by the Konduz National soccer team, 8-3, in an exhibition match in mid-January.
For months, civil affairs in Konduz had been looking for a way to get the local TV and radio stations to cover their work in the community, such as school rebuilding and other rehabilitation projects.
Although outmatched from the beginning, Pascall insists the three points Team USA garnered were “hard-earned.” After the match, the TV station said it was an even match, with the spectators the true winners of the match.
www.defendamerica.mil /articles/jan2003/a012103b.html   (431 words)

 The Death Convoy of Afghanistan - Security Council - Global Policy Forum
Officials across the administration did not respond to repeated requests by NEWSWEEK for a detailed accounting of U.S. activities in the Konduz, Mazar-e Sharif and Sheberghan areas at the time in question, and Defense Department spokespersons have made statements that are false.
According to another Afghan present at the talks, Said Vasiqullah Sadat, the Taliban representatives insisted that their men surrender to General Dostum, because they figured he was the least likely to seek revenge for past killings.
The Taliban's surrender of the northern towns was an extended process; and the first dribble of prisoners from Konduz -- captured on its outskirts -- began to arrive at Sheberghan on Nov. 22-23.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/afghan/2002/0826memo.htm   (5432 words)

According to ISAF, the mission of the PRT in Konduz is to facilitate ISAF's efforts to assist the Afghan Transitional Administration (ATA) in extending its rule and influence as well as to aid the development of a stable and secure environment in its area of operation.
When NATO was preparing to assume command of the PRT in Konduz, Robertson was knocking on the doors of NATO members and nonmembers alike for two helicopters to enable the German team's deployment.
But if Konduz is regarded as the pilot project for further expansion into Afghanistan, Afghanistan might also be regarded as the pilot project of NATO's inevitable future engagements in the Greater Middle East.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2004/01/3-230104.htm   (4780 words)

 Refugees Tell Of Frenzied Killing In Besieged City (Konduz)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
As US bombers intensified attacks on Taleban positions before a push into Konduz by the Northern Alliance, it appeared that the city had descended into a frenzy of mass murder, mutilations and beatings.
The 220,000 population of Konduz has been swollen by refugees from the largely Pashtun villages around the city who are taking their chances with the Taleban rather than face the Northern Alliance, whose fighters are mainly ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks.
Food and water are said to be plentiful, but some of the refugees in the city are said to have begun eating their donkeys.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/574365/posts   (1198 words)

 Direct Talks in Konduz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The meeting, being held in the no-man's land between Taliban and alliance trenches, is intended to achieve a peaceful surrender of almost 10,000 Taliban fighters in the northern town of Konduz.
The only Pashtun city in the north, Konduz is the sole remaining Taliban enclave in that part of the country.
He said a delegation of senior alliance officers is expected to travel to konduz later this week to negotiate.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2001/11/20/61942.shtml   (1395 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Al-Qaida fighters airlifted to safety
The Northern Alliance's conquest of the Afghan city was still five days away, and a small group of Pakistani military intelligence officers and soldiers – all of whom had been serving with the Taliban – waited anxiously on a runway, together with a large number of Pakistanis wounded in battle lying on blankets.
As they waited for the airlift, the Pakistanis understood the rescue of their men trapped in Konduz had been set up in a silent agreement between their government, or commanding officers, and the U.S. Two planes were to touch down every night to pick them up until the evacuation was finished.
But as the airlift began, Pakistani air crews and their passengers were astonished to see they had company on the runways of Konduz – a second fleet of Antonov transports was running a parallel airlift on some mysterious mission.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25783   (885 words)

 RFE/RL Afghanistan Report
Konduz is an important narcotics zone in a country that tops the world in production of poppy cultivation (see "RFE/RL Afghanistan Report," 20 February, 29 May, and 5 June 2003).
Although Konduz has been largely peaceful since the Taliban regime was forced from power in late 2001, the area remains one of the prime drug-producing regions in Afghanistan, the world's largest opium producer.
Militia fighters taking part in the project at Konduz are from the 6th Corps of the former Northern Alliance -- a mostly ethnic Tajik unit that ultimately falls under the command of Fahim.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/news/2003/10/38-301003.htm   (4744 words)

 CNN.com - U.N. says it can't oversee Taliban surrender at Konduz - November 20, 2001
KONDUZ, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A top U.N. official said Tuesday that the United Nations cannot oversee the surrender of Taliban troops holed up in the northern Afghanistan city of Konduz, and the Pentagon described the situation there as a "standoff."
Despite an increase in small-arms fire on the front lines, discussions between Taliban and Northern Alliance officials have continued in the no-man's land between the opposing lines.
Stufflebeem said the situation around Kandahar, the Taliban's stronghold in southern Afghanistan, is not "dissimilar" from Konduz.
edition.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/11/20/ret.afghan.attacks   (791 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Mystery of disappearing al-Qaida soldiers
First the figures: At the peak of the battle of Konduz, Northern Alliance spokesmen estimated 10,000 "foreign fighters" were in the town, a figure military experts rate an exaggeration.
According to military experts, 3,000 of these men, some injured, were evacuated from Konduz in a secret nocturnal Pakistani airlift before the Taliban enclave fell to the Northern Alliance.
Correspondents who entered Konduz with the Northern Alliance quoted local inhabitants as reporting that two nights before the town fell – and immediately after the Pakistani planes flew in – heavy Russian Antonov air transports touched down at Konduz airport and gathered up the al-Qaida "Arabs" – with their weapons.
www.wnd.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=25464   (750 words)

 Democratic Underground Forums - "Taliban agree to Stop Fighting in Konduz"
I don't begin to understand why the administaration and the media is playing this Konduz thing up like it's the end of the fight.
Konduz is in the northeast corner of Afghanistan, and there's a hell of a lot of terrirory to the west left to take.
The fall of Konduz is a step, and a good turn in the military sense.
www.democraticunderground.com /duforum/DCForumID5/9687.html   (1574 words)

 The fall of John Walker Lindh - Salon
In Konduz, Lindh was given a Kalashnikov and two grenades, a vest with pockets for his ammunition, and some warmer clothes since winter was already coming in the mountains.
A Taliban commander told Lindh and the others in the group that they were officially members of the Afghan army, even though there was not an Afghan among them.
But eventually he and his colleagues were forced to, as the airstrikes were breaking up Taliban positions elsewhere along the front, and Lindh's unit was ordered to fall back.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2003/08/26/lindh/index.html?pn=2   (964 words)

 CNN.com - Taliban to stop fighting in Konduz - November 21, 2001
Konduz has been the source of heavy fighting in recent days and many pro-Taliban fighters there pledged to fight until their death.
During Wednesday's meeting, Taliban Gen. Mullah Faizel, the assistant minister of defense, said all the Taliban fighters in Konduz -- including the hard-line "foreign fighters," believed to be al Qaeda operatives from Chechnya, Pakistan and other Arab nations -- will no longer fight for the city.
For more than a week, the Northern Alliance has claimed that al Qaeda fighters and the hard-core "foreign fighter" group in Konduz have been killing local Taliban fighters who want to defect or surrender to the Northern Alliance.
edition.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/11/21/ret.afghan.meeting   (515 words)

 Unfriendly Fire - NW-1101WTCEXC - MSNBC.com
NEWSWEEK WAS ALLOWED a brief visit to the Konduz fortress Monday afternoon (Afghan time)—shortly before Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a Pentagon briefing in Washington D.C. of another friendly fire incident that left five American soldiers seriously injured near the city of Mazar-e Sharif after a U.S. smart bomb missed its target.
In a separate unconfirmed report, Konduz residents claim between 60 and 70 civilians were killed on Sunday night.
It is not known whether the strikes on Konduz were directly designated with lasers by U.S. special forces, which would mean they could see the targets, or whether planes were simply ordered to hit the fortress, the factory, and other prearranged targets.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3067417   (1079 words)

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