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See also: 2006 in Afghanistan, other events of 2007, 2008 in Afghanistan and Timeline of the War in Afghanistan (2001-present).

Events from the year 2007 in Afghanistan

JanuaryEdit

  • January 31: A terror plot has been foiled in the UK, where nine people have been arrested in Birmingham under suspicion of planning the kidnap and filmed execution of a British Muslim soldier. The alleged plot intended to pressure Prime Minister Tony Blair into withdrawing British troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

FebruaryEdit

  • February 14: The foreign ministers of China, India and Russia meet in New Delhi, India to discuss greater cooperation between the three Asian countries on issues including terrorism, drug trafficking and Afghanistan.[3]
  • February 16: The President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai meets with the Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi to discuss Italian contributions to the fight against the Taliban and drug traffickers in Afghanistan.[5]
  • February 18: Police in Pakistan detain 36 people, mainly Afghan refugees, over a suicide bombing inside a Quetta courtroom that killed a judge and 15 other people.
  • February 26: United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne announces the deployment of an additional 1,400 troops to Afghanistan.[8]

MarchEdit

  • March 10: President George W. Bush approves 8,200 more United States troops for Iraq and Afghanistan.[13]
  • March 13: Spanish police arrest Brian David Anderson, a Canadian citizen, in Madrid, on behalf of the U.S. government, for allegedly engaging in fraud and funding a terrorist camp in Afghanistan.[14]
  • March 23:
    • A Taliban attack on a convoy carrying supplies to foreign troops in southern Afghanistan kills 17 Afghan security guards and drivers.[16]
    • US Marines accused of shooting and killing civilians after a suicide bombing in Afghanistan are under investigation and their unit has been shipped out of the country.
  • March 27: United States District Court Judge Thomas Hogan dismisses a case of alleged torture against former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld brought by nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.[17]

AprilEdit

  • April 8:
    • Pope Benedict laments the violence in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, stating, "nothing positive is happening in Iraq" in his Easter homily.
    • Seven NATO soldiers die as a result of car bombings in southern Afghanistan as it conducts an offensive against the Taliban.
    • The Taliban claims it has killed an Afghan reporter abducted with Daniele Mastrogiacomo because the government of Afghanistan refused to meet ransom demands.[21]
  • April 11: The United States Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with the Defense Ministers of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark as well as officials from Estonia and Romania to discuss progress in Afghanistan in expectation of a Taliban offensive. Two Canadian soldiers are killed when a roadside bomb explodes.[23]
  • April 11: The United States extends the tour of duty for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from a year to 15 months.[24]
  • April 14: A suicide bomber kills 8 people in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.
  • April 16: At least ten Afghan police die in a suicide bombing in Kunduz in northeastern Afghanistan.[25]
  • April 17: Four Nepalese United Nations workers and their driver are killed in a roadside bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan.[26]
  • April 19: An Amnesty International report claims that the attacks on Afghan civilians by the Taliban are widespread and systematic.[27]
  • April 30: The US-led Coalition claims to have killed scores of Taliban forces in Afghanistan.[29]

MayEdit

  • May 6: Eight Afghan police are killed in Farah Province in a clash with the Taliban in which at least 17 insurgents are killed or injured.[31]
  • May 15: Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute has been chosen to be President Bush's "war czar," overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.[32]
  • May 19: Three German soldiers are killed with four civilians in a suicide bombing in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.[33]
  • May 20: A suicide bomber kills at least 10 people and injures 32 people in Gardez, the capital of Afghanistan's Paktia Province.[34]
  • May 24: The United States House of Representatives approves a US$100 billion bill to fund the US war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan without a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.[35]
  • May 30: A CH-47 Chinook helicopter on a NATO mission in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, is shot down killing all seven service personnel (5 American, 1 Canadian and 1 British) aboard. Taliban fighters claim responsibility for the attack.[36]

JuneEdit

  • June 4: A military judge dismisses terrorism-related charges against a Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with killing a United States Army soldier in Afghanistan.
  • June 10: President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai escapes an apparent assassination attempt.
  • June 12: Afghan officials claim that seven members of the Afghan police were killed by Coalition air forces in a friendly fire incident.[37]
  • June 17: Air strikes in Afghanistan on a suspected Al Qaeda headquarters kill several militants as well as civilians including children.[38][39]
  • June 17: At least 35 people die in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the result of a bombing of a police bus.[40][41]
  • June 19: BBC News released an article on June 19, 2007, interviewing six villagers of Asad Khyl in the north of Afghanistan where many homes had been destroyed by the Taliban in the civil war fought in the 1990s.[42] One of the villagers said that security in their village had "improved a bit" but that living conditions had not changed much. Another suggested that if the Taliban were invited to join a broad-based national government, there would be no need for foreign troops in the country at all. Another described Hamid Karzai as a puppet of the United States. Worsened corruption, poverty, and high inflation were also stated as key problems.[42]
  • June 29: Between 50 and 80 civilians are killed by Air Strikes on the village of Hyderabad, in the Province of Hellmand in southern Afghanistan.[43][44][45][46]

JulyEdit

  • July 7: The Government of Afghanistan states that it will investigate claims that United States and NATO air strikes caused heavy civilian casualties in Farah Province and Kunar Province.[49]
  • July 12: Six Afghan policemen are killed by an improvised explosive device in the Khost Province. Another IED kills two civilians in the Paktika Province.[50]
  • July 20: Taliban insurgents stop a bus in Afghanistan and kidnap some of the passengers including South Koreans.[52]
  • July 21: The Taliban threatens to kill 18 South Koreans taken hostage in Afghanistan, prompting the government in Seoul to confirm an earlier plan to withdraw its troops from the country by the end of the year. Separately, the Taliban claims that it has executed two German hostages.[53][54][55] However, the Afghan government disputes the claim, stating that one died of a heart attack and the other is still alive.[56]
  • July 25: 8 of the 23 South Koreans held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan are released, while one of the hostages is executed. The Taliban gives further warning that the remaining hostages will be killed.[58]
  • July 26: War in Afghanistan: United States-led troops kill more than 50 insurgents in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.[59]
  • July 30: An Afghan governor asks the Taliban to extend Monday's deadline for the lives of 22 South Koreans, after militants warned the Afghan government to release 23 of its captured fighters or else hostages will die. The Taliban later executes a hostage.[62][63]

AugustEdit

  • August 4: Ten pro-Taliban militants and four Pakistan Army soldiers are killed in a clash in North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border. In another incident, a suicide car bomber kills six in Parachinar, North West Frontier Province in Pakistan.[64]
  • August 9: The President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf pulls out of a meeting with the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and tribal leaders in Kabul over fighting the Taliban.[68][69] He is also resisting pressure to institute a state of emergency, insisting that the planned parliamentary election in October must proceed as scheduled.
  • August 11:
    • The Taliban attacks Firebase Anaconda in Uruzgan province for the third time in a week suffering casualties. The Taliban also launches unsuccessful attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.[70]
    • The Taliban claims to have released two South Korean hostages but local and national officials cannot confirm the claims.[71]
  • August 12: A clash between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kandahar province results in nine militants dead with five police dying in a bomb.[72]
  • August 15:
    • Three Germans are killed by a bomb attack near Kabul.[75]
    • United States and Afghan forces start a new offensive in Tora Bora.[76]
  • August 16: Eight civilians including a pregnant women and a baby died when Polish soldiers shelled the village of Nangar Khel where a wedding celebration was taking place. Seven Polish soldiers have been charged with war crimes for allegedly opened fire in revenge.
  • August 17 A dozen Taliban die in an attempted ambush of a joint patrol of Afghan police and Coalition troops in Helmand province.
  • August 18:
  • August 19: A German woman taken hostage yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan is found during a police raid on a house. Multiple abductors arrested.[79]
  • August 22:
    • Two Canadian Army soldiers are killed and a Radio Canada journalist injured in an explosion.
    • A German engineer kidnapped by the Taliban pleads for help on Afghan television.
  • August 28: At least 100 Taliban fighters and one Afghan National Army soldier were killed in several skirmishes in Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province.[82]
  • August 30: Waziristan War: Scores of Pakistani soldiers have gone missing near the Afghanistan border, amid claims from pro-Taleban militants that they have kidnapped the troops.[84]
  • August 31:
    • At least two people are killed and ten others injured by a suicide bomb at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan.[85][86]
    • At least ten civilians are killed and several more injured in Kunar Province as Taliban rockets aimed at a US military base hit a nearby village.[87]
    • Nearly two dozen Afghan militants die in heavy fighting in Helmand province.[88]

SeptemberEdit

  • September 5: War in Afghanistan: Afghan and U.S led coalition forces kill 20 insurgents while two Afghan policeman die in a bomb attack.
  • September 9: The President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai is forced to cut short a speech in Kabul after gunfire is heard outside.[91]
  • September 11: The Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper rules out sending further troops to Afghanistan.[92]
  • September 12: Airstrikes and Afghan army gunfire kills more than 45 Taliban insurgents on the first day of Ramadan.
  • September 15: The Washington Post reports that the NATO-led Coalition Force in Afghanistan intercepted a shipment of Iranian arms intended for the Taliban.[93]
  • September 20: Al Qaeda's Deputy Leader Ayman al-Zawahri claims that the United States is being defeated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and North Africa.
  • September 21:
    • NATO's alliance forces say that its warplanes killed an unspecified number of civilians during a battle with Taliban forces.[95]
    • A suicide bomber attacks a convoy of soldiers killing a French soldier and several Afghans.[96]
  • September 27: Four employees of the International Red Cross, including two foreigners, are abducted in Afghanistan's Wardak province.[97]

OctoberEdit

  • October 8: Australia suffers its first combat casualty in Afghanistan following the explosion of a bomb in the southern province of Orūzgān.
  • October 9: The United States Supreme Court dismisses the case of the German citizen Khalid El-Masri who accuses the CIA of abducting him to a secret prison in Afghanistan where he claims he was tortured. The US government had argued that a public trial would reveal state secrets.[101]
  • October 10: Taliban frees one German and four Afghan hostages kidnapped in mid-July.
  • October 12: The Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper appoints a five-member advisory committee on Afghanistan to be chaired by John Manley of the opposition Liberal Party of Canada.[102]
  • October 22: The President of the United States George W. Bush asks the United States Congress for US$189.3 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.[103]
  • October 22: Georgia and Slovakia offer to send troops to support the Australian/Dutch taskforce in the south of the Afghanistan as the Dutch government is under pressure to reduce troops.[104]
  • October 27:
    • United States led coalition forces kill 80 Taliban fighters outside Musa Qala in Helmand province.[105]
    • A suicide bomber explodes a bomb outside a United States base in eastern Afghanistan killing four Afghan soldiers and a civilian.[106]
    • Denmark deployed its Leopard 2A5 DKs in support of operations in southern Afghanistan. The Danish tank unit, drawn from the first battalion of the Jydske Dragonregiment (Jutland Dragoons Regiment),[107] was equipped with three tanks and one M113 armoured personnel carrier, with an armoured recovery vehicle and another tank kept in reserve.[108]

NovemberEdit

  • November 6: At least 35 people are killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan, officials say.[109]
  • November 7: French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledges friendship between France and the United States and a renewed alliance on the war in Afghanistan and against Iran's nuclear program in a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.[110]
  • November 10: Six American forces serving under NATO's International Security Assistance Force are killed in an insurgent ambush while patrolling in eastern Afghanistan.[111]

DecemberEdit

  • December 5: A suicide bomber rams a car into a minibus containing Afghan soldiers on a highway south of Kabul. Thirteen, including six Afghan soldiers, are killed in the incident.

DeathsEdit

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