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  iWon - News
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces are fighting a large band of rebels in the mountains of southern Afghanistan in the biggest battle in the country for nearly a year, officials said Tuesday.
In the southern border town of Spin Boldak, residents stood on rooftops and shipping containers to watch flames and smoke rising from the Adi Ghar mountain, 23 km (14 miles) to the north.
Afghan government officials in Spin Boldak said 22 rebels had been killed and 11 captured, with a huge arms cache found in the mountains.
news1.iwon.com /top/article/id/49022|top|01-28-2003::11:29|reuters.html   (703 words)

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 News Headlines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan, July 5 (UNHCR) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has begun moving internally displaced Afghans from the town of Spin Boldak on the Pakistani border to the camp of Zhare Dasht, the first step in a process that will see the IDP camp closed by the end of August.
Spin Boldak camp was established in late 2001 to shelter Afghans fleeing the war between the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan and US-led forces but who were unable to cross the border into neighbouring Pakistan.
The government of Afghanistan and implementing partners of UNHCR are currently conducting a survey of the 20,000 current residents of Spin Boldak to establish their intentions.
www.shuhada.org /news/daily/040705_1.htm   (609 words)

 EuropaWorld 2/11/2001 Spin Boldak is not a Place to Which People Willingly Return
Spin Boldak is a refugee camp; or more strictly it is a camp for internally displaced persons who will only become refugees on crossing the border into Pakistan.
Spin Boldak is not in Pakistan, it is where the Taliban detains those who wish to escape its clutches and whom Pakistan will not let in.
At least 100 families at the Spin Boldak site are reported to be sleeping in the open without any shelter at all.
www.europaworld.org /issue55/spinboldak21101.htm   (621 words)

 CNN.com - Robertson: Taliban calling shots in Spin Boldak - November 19, 2001
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A close associate of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is now officially siding with ethnic Pashtun tribesmen who have been fighting the Taliban for control of Kandahar, a source inside the southern city told CNN Monday.
But certainly as far as Spin Boldak is concerned, it does still seem to be controlled by the Taliban.
Certainly none of the senior officials are around in Spin Boldak -- the police chief is not there, the passport officials are not there.
cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/11/19/ret.robertson.otsc/index.html   (528 words)

 Indiainfo.com -> News -> Spotlight -> Middle East crisis -> Negligence caused munitions depot blast in Afghan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Kabul: Afghan authorities on June 30 ruled out sabotage in a deadly munitions depot explosion in the Southern border town of Spin Boldak, saying negligence caused the chain of blasts that killed and wounded dozens of people.
Spin Boldak administrator Fazaludin Agha said on June 28 that a rocket fired by remnants of the ousted Taleban militia might have been the cause.
But on June 29 he recanted, telling reporters in Spin Boldak that a fuse had short- circuited and set off a fire.
news.indiainfo.com /spotlight/mideast/30blast.html   (429 words)

 CNN.com - Nic Robertson: Kandahar and Spin Boldak fall - December 7, 2001
Later, the strategic town of Spin Boldak, on the border with Pakistan, fell to anti-Taliban tribal leaders.
Here in Spin Boldak, negotiations have been going on in the early hours of the morning between the Taliban and different tribal groups.
Spin Boldak has now been divided between three different tribal groups.
edition.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/12/07/ret.robertson.otsc   (584 words)

 Online edition of Daily News - World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Conditions in Spin Boldak though are "deteriorating rapidly," the UNHCR said.
At least 100 families at Spin Boldak are said to be sleeping in the open without any aid.
Aid groups have also expressed fears that the Taliban is using the Spin Boldak camp to forcibly recruit troops and are preventing people from leaving.
www.dailynews.lk /2001/11/02/wor02.html   (584 words)

 ABC News: Blast at Afghan-Pakistan border crossing kills six   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
An Afghan man stands next to his wounded relative inside a hospital after an explosion in the border city of Spin Boldak October 4, 2005.
The victims were civilians trying to enter Pakistan or return to Afghanistan through the Spin Boldak border crossing in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Spin Boldak police chief Abdul Wasay told Reuters.
Victims were treated in hospital in Spin Boldak and at Chaman on the Pakistani side of the border.
abcnews.go.com /International/wireStory?id=1182295   (376 words)

 ReliefWeb » Document Preview » Explosion damages UNHCR office, injures staff in southern Afghanistan
More than 1,000 IDPs in Spin Boldak have signed up to return to Balkh, Faryab, Jowzjan and Samanghan provinces in northern Afghanistan, but security conditions are not yet satisfactory for UNHCR to transport them home.
Spin Boldak is also the principal entry point for Afghans returning home from Pakistan's Baluchistan province.
At a press briefing Friday, UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Clark said, "With the large numbers of Afghans living in and passing through Spin Boldak, it's vital to ensure that unexploded ordnance is cleared from the town to ensure the safety of its citizens and returnees travelling through the community."
www.reliefweb.int /rw/rwb.nsf/AllDocsByUNID/e4b4ca593545aedbc1256be6004e840d   (457 words)

 Newest flood of Afghan refugees: Pashtuns fleeing south | csmonitor.com
SPIN BOLDAK, AFGHANISTAN - Like many Afghans, Abdul Habib assumed that the fall of the Taliban last November would bring a hopeful future to his family and to his country.
What is clear is that the camps of Spin Boldak are harsh places, set at the edge of this border town, where heavy winds push sand dunes through the ramshackle city of tents and mud-walled shacks.
Technically, the 30,000 residents of the camps in Spin Boldak are not refugees, since they have not actually fled the country.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/0830/p07s02-wosc.htm   (1120 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Taleban 'regroup' in Afghanistan
Spin Boldak is home to many refugees who fled the war
The districts of Loye Karaiz and Bala Jar in Spin Boldak were the areas affected by the fighting.
Spin Boldak's administrative officer, Hajji Fazal Din Agha, confirmed that several clashes had recently taken place.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/2668363.stm   (386 words)

 ATTACK on AMERICA - Middle East
In the towns of Vesh and Spin Boldak, which are near the border on the Afghan side and have survived economically thanks to a flourishing smuggling trade, residents said they had also been told the same thing by Taliban fighters.
Rumors have been rife in Chaman that the Taliban are stockpiling weapons in Vesh and Spin Boldak, because they believe the Americans would be reluctant to attack targets so close to the border with Pakistan, a U.S. ally in the anti-terrorism campaign.
In Spin Boldak, Alauddin Ayatullah, a young, bearded Taliban preacher at the local mosque, said loyalists were being given arms.
multimedia.belointeractive.com /attack/middleeast/1013arm.html   (647 words)

 CNN.com - Transcripts
He came to CNN and he told us that his soldiers, 25 Taliban fighters under his command in Spin Boldak would not fight against these tribal commanders and he said therefore, he had had to surrender his command to tribal commanders in Spin Boldak.
Does this mean that Spin Boldak is now with -- under tribal command or is it still under Taliban command.
That still -- that still hasn't happened, but Spin Boldak is one of only a couple of towns on a three-hour drive between here from the city of Kandahar, so it is significant.
www.studentnews.cnn.com /TRANSCRIPTS/0111/27/bn.01.html   (666 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Middle East / At Least 3 Afghan Soldiers Killed in Taliban Raids   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least three Afghan government soldiers were killed and a commander kidnapped overnight when suspected Taliban guerrillas attacked checkpoints close to the Pakistan border, an official said on Friday.
A commander from the ousted hardline Islamic militia, toppled from power in Afghanistan in late 2001, said 15 Afghan government soldiers were killed in two raids.
Spin Boldak's district deputy police chief Mullah Abdul Manan told Reuters Taliban fighters attacked posts at Kanjasu and Shero Oba, both east of the border town of Spin Boldak, and at Bambul, southeast of the town.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2003/08/29/at_least_3_afghan_soldiers_killed_in_taliban_raids?mode=PF   (1207 words)

 MSF Around the World
Also, increased border control forced MSF to reroute the medical transfers of Spin Boldak patients (in Afghanistan) who were being sent to Chaman (in Pakistan), now were being sent to Kandahar, in Afghanistan, an addition 2,5 hour drive.
For example, leaflets were distributed in Spin Boldak by the Coalition forces in Afghanistan that made the provision of aid conditional to the populations' cooperation in providing information on Taleban and Al Qaida fighters.
MSF's activities in Spin Boldak continued to be regularly interrrupted because of security concerns and incidents, and subsequent temporary staff withdrawals.
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 EXPLOSIONS KILL 10 IN AFGHANISTAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The area around Spin Boldak is a former stronghold of the Taleban and Al-Qa’eda.
At daybreak Mohammed Agha, an Afghan soldier, told Pakistani journalists in Spin Boldak that up to 50 people were missing, possibly buried in the rubble strewn across Spin Boldak that had been showered with rockets and other ammunition from the dump.
Fazaludin Agha, the Afghan commander in Spin Boldak, told Pakistani journalists that Al-Qa’eda was responsible though he refused to give more details.
www.iran-press-service.com /articles_2002/Jun_2002/afqanistan_explosion_28602.htm   (610 words)

 Print Message
Monday, Day 51, the Taliban are fleeing in retreat from the southern Afghan border crossing town of Spin Boldak, across from Chaman, Pakistan.
At the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak, on the road between Kandahar and the Pakistani city of Quetta, the Taliban were also said to be on the retreat, with tribal forces closing in and the powerful local trucking mafia telling the militia to leave.
Spin Boldak is some 120 kilometers (72 miles) east of Kandahar city, near the major crossing between southern Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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 WAR :: INQ7.net
Tens of thousands have been forced to stay in refugee camps around the border town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province where shelter and quality food are in short supply.
One doctor who is a veteran of refugee camps said the conditions in Spin Boldak were the worst he had seen.
He told reporters in Spin Boldak on Thursday that he had been appalled by what he had seen.
www.inq7.net /specials/newwar/wardiaries/day_48-1.htm   (560 words)

 Khaleej Times Online
SPIN BOLDAK (Afghanistan) - Two government soldiers were killed and three wounded in a clash with suspected Taleban fighters in southwestern Afghanistan yesterday, Afghan officials said.
The soldiers were killed when Taleban fighters opened fire on a patrol in the Loi Karez area, some 25 km east of the border town of Spin Boldak at about 2am (2130 GMT on Tuesday), Shah Wali, a police officer in Spin Boldak, told Reuters.
Khalid Pashtun, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the fighting was 45 km east of Spin Boldak and only one government soldier had been killed and another wounded.
www.khaleejtimes.com /DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2003/April/subcontinent_April68.xml§ion=subcontinent&col=   (486 words)

 Indiainfo.com -> News -> World -> Taleban surrender Spin Boldak: Al-Jazeera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Doha(Qatar): The hardline Islamic Taleban militia surrendered their control over the strategic Afghan town of Spin Boldak, between the Pakistani border and Kandahar, on December 7 at dawn, al-Jazeera satellite television reported.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] "The surrender of the town of Spin Boldak took place in the early hours of on December 7 and weapons were turned over without any problem," al-Jazeera said, which has been the only TV channel reporting from this Southern city.
The Qatar-based TV earlier had described Spin Boldak as the "main transit point for food, ammunition and fuel for the town of Kandahar and the zones still under Taleban control", following the advances of the US-backed Northern Alliance.
newsarchives.indiainfo.com /2001/12/07/07spinboldak.html   (190 words)

 UNHCR Pakistan
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan, October 23 (UNHCR) – Desperate Afghans stuck in makeshift border camps have begun leaving the remote sites for the safety of a new camp near Kandahar established by UNHCR to house displaced people who have run out of options and patience for life in this windswept border town.
Zhare Dasht was created as conditions worsened at Spin Boldak's makeshift camps and in the nearby "waiting area" just inside the Afghan frontier at Chaman.
Abdul Hannan, another displaced Afghan living in Spin Boldak's dusty camps, said he had registered to relocate to Zhare Dasht along with 53 other families.
www.un.org.pk /unhcr/Stories/displaced-afghan.htm   (746 words)

 Excite - News
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces were hunting remnants of a large band of rebels in mountain caves in southern Afghanistan Tuesday after the biggest battle in the country for nearly a year, officials said.
In the southern border town of Spin Boldak, residents stood on rooftops and shipping containers Tuesday to watch flames and smoke rising from the Adi Ghar mountain, 14 miles to the north.
King said a U.S. special forces team had captured one rebel Monday after coming under small-arms fire near Spin Boldak, who then told them of a larger group hiding in the mountains.
news.excite.com /top/article/id/49022|top|01-28-2003::13:11|reuters.html   (695 words)

 Thousands Face Hunger in Kandahar - UN Security Council
The roads between Kandahar and the border town of Spin Boldak and between Kandahar and Herat are still considered no-go zones for lorry drivers.
Speaking in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, the WFP spokeswoman said she was more optimistic about the situation around Spin Boldak, on the Pakistani border.
When a team of BBC correspondents entered the area about a week ago, they found large refugee camps near Spin Boldak, where thousands of displaced Afghans were living in appalling conditions.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/afghan/2001/1126hunger.htm   (455 words)

 United Nations - OCHA IRIN | Audio Visuals | AFGHANISTAN | Spin Boldak Photo Gallery
Spin Boldak is a huge refugee camp near Chaman on Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan.
About 7,300 families, or some 65,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in Spin Boldak's five makeshift camps.
IRIN is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
www.irinnews.org /photogallery/D13032002REP24983.asp   (208 words)

 UNHCR - Feature: Aid drying up in Afghanistan's Spin Boldak region   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan, June 26 (UNHCR) – At the height of the US-led bombing campaign in late 2001, hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled their homes seeking safety, relief aid, and to escape bandits who came out of the woodwork as the Taliban regime collapsed.
Spin Boldak is now bracketed by five sprawling makeshift camps that shelter an estimated 32,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), said Rutgers.
The situation of Spin Boldak's camps became more uncertain when two of the largest Muslim NGOs operating in the dicey border zone decided to withdraw.
www.unhcr.ch /cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home/opendoc.htm?tbl=NEWS&id=3d19cbe14&page=news   (1017 words)

 Aljazeera.Net - US forces strike at Afghan fighters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Lefforge said there were no coalition casualties in the attack, which happened near the US firebase at Spin Boldak.
Spin Boldak District Commissioner Sayed Fazaldin Agha said two government soldiers were killed in the attack, but witnesses reported seeing four dead government soldiers.
The engagements would be the bloodiest in Afghanistan since June, when government forces reported killing 40 Taliban fighters in the Spin Boldak area.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/AD21E0A1-3600-4E08-A245-4026D4EA1AD8.htm   (613 words)

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