In the Shkin region of Afghanistan a series of clashes between U.S. forces and rebels killed at least three militants and injured three U.S. soldiers. An unconfirmed number of militants also died there when U.S. helicopters bombed a position.
In Kabul, Afghanistan, near the city's airport, five Afghan security officials detaining a suspect were killed when their vehicle exploded. The suspect was carrying an explosive device which was taken from him, but he then detonated other explosives strapped to his body. The dead included Abdul Jalal, the head of Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim's personal security. Several other people were critically injured in the blast. Mullah Abdul Samad, a Taliban spokesman, took responsibility for the blast and said the attack had been carried out by a 35-year-old from Chechnya, but later Taliban leader Hamid Agha stated that Samad was not their spokesman.
In a detention camp in Nauru, seventeen of over forty hunger strikingAfghan asylum-seekers were hospitalized. It was the 19th day of the strike.
Near Khost, Afghanistan, six militants ambushed a car, killing a senior Afghan intelligence officer and wounding two of his colleagues. U.S. troops operating nearby killed four of the attackers but two others got away.
In the Lalpura district, about 50 kilometres east of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, local officials arrested a man carrying 20 home-made bombs.
In Deh Sabz, Afghanistan, Afghan and ISAF troops arrested seven men suspected of carrying out recent rocket attacks on Kabul. The men were not armed but posters of Osama bin Laden and other documents were found.
The World Bank approved a US$95 million grant towards Afghanistan’s National Self-Help Poverty Eradication programme that aimed to help improve rural development in 20,000 Afghan villages. The villages would elect their own community development councils by secret ballot, and the councils would then choose on what to spend their allocated funds.
A review of Afghanistan published by the International Monetary Fund stated that its economy remained threatened by lawlessness and inadequate public safety and urged the Afghan government to ask major creditors to cancel its debts. The review also suggested that opium accounted for half of Afghanistan's gross domestic product.
In Kabul, Afghanistan, a 10-day cultural and art exhibition of the Islamic Republic of Iran was inaugurated. On hand were Iran's ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad Reza Bahrami and Afghanistan's Minister of Information and Culture Seyed Makhdum Rahin.
U.S. General David Barno, the new coalition commander in Afghanistan, outlined changes in the strategy to improve security.
Scores of Loya jirga delegates protested for a second day against sweeping powers sought by Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Foreign journalists were barred from covering the session. State_controlled television stopped its live coverage.
During the fourth day of the Loya Jirga of 2003 a proposal made by interim president Hamid Karzai to confine debate to a draft constitution that would give the president sweeping powers was met with protests and interruptions from delegates, mainly supporters of the Northern Alliance. Also Malalai Juya denounced some of her colleagues as war criminals, prompting some delegates to demanded her removal from the council and sparking some death threats. Juya was later placed under U.N. protection for her safety. Foreign journalists were barred from covering the session.
During a search at a checkpoint near a border crossing, more than four Pashtuns were arrested by Pakistani security forces as they tried to smuggle 500 kilograms of explosives into Afghanistan.
By a majority vote, Sabghatullah Mujadidi was elected as chairman of Afghanistan's constitutional loya jirga. Mujadidi stated to the press that he favored a strong president backed by a strong parliament, and that he sought a moderate form of Islam.
Citing the delay in the arrival of some delegates, the start of the constitutional loya jirga in Kabul, Afghanistan (re_scheduled for December 12) was delayed until December 13. Human Rights Watch made claims that the constitutional loya jirga was being marred by vote buying, intimidation, and fears that President Hamid Karzai would try to force it through the assembly without a proper debate.
In a move that surprised many, Afghan President Hamid Karzai named General Abdul Rashid Dostum as one of the delegates to the constitutional loya jirga. Dostum was originally elected as a delegate to represent Uzbeks, but he was later disqualified because of a rule banning military commanders from the delegate elections. Karzai got around the ban by including Dostum in the 50 delegates he was allowed to appoint to the 500-member assembly.
In Kabul, Afghanistan, militia forces, involving more than 1,000 soldiers, began the formal process of turning over to the Afghan government their weapons, including about a half-dozen Russian T-54 and T-55 tanks.
Anwar Shah, a Pakistani engineer, was shot dead and another went missing, after gunmen attacked their vehicle near Muqur in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. Mullah Sabir Momin, the Taliban's deputy operations commander in southern Afghanistan, said the men were attacked because they were "American agents."
To mark the arrival of a new installment of Indian donated biscuits in Afghanistan, Afghan actor and director Hashmat Khan participated in a ceremony in Kabul that also included Indian Ambassador Vivek Katju, Afghan Deputy Education Minister Ishraq Hussaini and the World Food Programme Country Director Susana Rico. The shipment would provide more than one million school children with nutritious snacks.
Two Turkish workers were kidnapped as they worked on a well-digging project just outside Kabul, Afghanistan. It was reported that the incident regarded a land dispute. The workers would be released in March2004.
A bomb wounded at least 18 people in the main market in the Chawk Shida district of Kandahar, Afghanistan. One report suggested the bomb may have been rigged to a bicycle, while another report said the bomb had been hidden inside a pressure cooker. President Hamid Karzai laid blame on the Taliban, but Taliban spokesman Mullah Abdul Samad denied any involvement, saying: "Taliban do no attack civilian targets." A later controlled explosion by U.S. troops caused additional panic in the city.
Seven boys, two girls and a 25-year-old man were killed when two U.S.A-10 Thunderbolt II planes fired rockets and bullets into a group of villagers sitting under a tree in Hutala, Afghanistan. Mullah Wazir, the intended target, was not at home at the time. U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad stated the next day that Wazir was killed in the attack, but retracted the statement shortly after.
Men burst into the office of a Turkish construction company southeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, beat and tied up an Afghan staff member, then abducted two Turkish engineers and another Afghan. They were released December 8.
An Afghan policeman, Khodai Rahim, threw a grenade at a U.S. military vehicle in crowded market in Kandahar, insuring two U.S. soldiers, another policeman and a local bystander. One of the soldiers lost his leg. The attacker was arrested.
Twenty former asylumseekers arrived in Kabul, Nauru) and were placed in a guesthouse organized by the Afghan Ministry for Refugees and Repatriation. Over the next ten days, they were repatriated to their homes.
In Shehroba, Afghanistan, at least five Afghan soldiers were killed and commander Naik Mohammad was wounded in an attack by Taliban forces.
During the fourth day of the Loya Jirga of 2003 a proposal made by interim presidentHamid Karzai to confine debate to a draft constitution that would give the president sweeping powers was met with protests and interruptions from delegates, mainly supporters of the Northern Alliance.
In Jalalabad, Afghanistan, at least three bodyguards of commander Esmatullah Muabat and two soldiers of the Jalalabad militia force were in a clash against U.S. soldiers at a maternity hospital as the soldiers tried to arrest Muabat.
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