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  • Afghanistan
    Wednesday Aug 10, 1988

    Bin Laden

    Al Qaueda

    Afghanistan
    Wednesday Aug 10, 1988

    Researches suggest that al-Qaeda was formed at an August 11, 1988, meeting between "several senior leaders" of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Abdullah Azzam, and bin Laden, where it was agreed to join bin Laden's money with the expertise of the Islamic Jihad organization and take up the jihadist cause elsewhere after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan.




  • Afghanistan
    Monday Feb 23, 1998

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders

    Afghanistan
    Monday Feb 23, 1998

    On February 23, 1998, al-Zawahiri issued a joint fatwa with Osama bin Laden under the title "World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders". Zawahiri, not bin Laden, is thought to have been the actual author of the fatwa.




  • Afghanistan
    Tuesday Jun 23, 1998

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Al-Qaeda congress

    Afghanistan
    Tuesday Jun 23, 1998

    Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998. A week prior to the beginning of the conference, a group of well-armed assistants to al-Zawahiri had left by jeeps in the direction of Herat. Following the instructions of their patron, in the town of Koh-i-Doshakh, they met three unknown Slavic-looking men who had arrived from Russia via Iran. After their arrival in Kandahar, they split up. One of the Russians was directly escorted to al-Zawahiri and he did not participate in the conference.




  • Afghanistan
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1998

    Bin Laden

    Al-Qaeda congress

    Afghanistan
    Wednesday Jun 24, 1998

    Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998.




  • Afghanistan
    Saturday Oct 6, 2001

    Bin Laden

    Unsuccessful Assassination

    Afghanistan
    Saturday Oct 6, 2001

    Attempts at assassination and requests for the extradition of bin Laden from the Taliban of Afghanistan were met with failure before the bombing of Afghanistan in October 2001.




  • Afghanistan
    Saturday Oct 6, 2001

    George W. Bush

    Afghanistan invasion

    Afghanistan
    Saturday Oct 6, 2001

    On October 7, 2001, U.S. and British forces initiated bombing campaigns that led to the arrival of Northern Alliance troops in Kabul on November 13.




  • Afghanistan
    Saturday Oct 6, 2001

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    The U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan

    Afghanistan
    Saturday Oct 6, 2001

    Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, al-Zawahiri's whereabouts are unknown, but he is generally thought to be in tribal Pakistan. Although he releases videos of himself frequently (see Messages of Ayman al-Zawahiri), al-Zawahiri did not appear alongside bin Laden in any of them after 2003. However, despite a series of operations, they were unable to capture him.


  • Afghanistan
    Sunday Oct 7, 2001

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    Beginning of war in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan
    Sunday Oct 7, 2001

    On October 7, 2001, the War in Afghanistan began when U.S. and British forces initiated aerial bombing campaigns targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda camps, then later invaded Afghanistan with ground troops of the Special Forces.


  • Afghanistan
    Wednesday Oct 31, 2001

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    The Afghan citizenship

    Afghanistan
    Wednesday Oct 31, 2001

    In early November 2001, the Taliban government announced they were bestowing official Afghan citizenship on him, as well as Bin Laden, Mohammed Atef, Saif al-Adl, and Shaykh Asim Abdulrahman.


  • Gardez, Afghanistan
    Friday Nov 30, 2001

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Azza's Death

    Gardez, Afghanistan
    Friday Nov 30, 2001

    Ayman al-Zawahiri's first wife Azza and two of their six children, Mohammad and Aisha, were killed in an air strike on Afghanistan by US forces in late December 2001, following the September 11 attacks on the U.S. After an American aerial bombardment of a Taliban-controlled building at Gardez, Azza was pinned under debris of a guesthouse roof.


  • Kandahar, Afghanistan
    Friday Dec 7, 2001

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    Fall of Kandahar

    Kandahar, Afghanistan
    Friday Dec 7, 2001

    This eventually led to the overthrow of the Taliban rule of Afghanistan with the Fall of Kandahar on December 7, 2001, by U.S.-led coalition forces. Conflict in Afghanistan between the Taliban insurgency and the Afghan forces backed by NATO Resolute Support Mission is ongoing.


  • Afghanistan
    Thursday Dec 27, 2001

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    A Second Bin Laden Video

    Afghanistan
    Thursday Dec 27, 2001

    On December 27, 2001, a second bin Laden video was released. In the video, bin Laden said: It has become clear that the West in general and America in particular have an unspeakable hatred for Islam. ... It is the hatred of crusaders. Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people. ... We say that the end of the United States is imminent, whether Bin Laden or his followers are alive or dead, for the awakening of the Muslim umma (nation) has occurred.


  • Tora Bora, Afghanistan
    Monday Aug 13, 2007

    Bin Laden

    Mountain caves raided

    Tora Bora, Afghanistan
    Monday Aug 13, 2007

    U.S. and Afghanistan forces raided the mountain caves in Tora Bora between August 14–16, 2007. The military was drawn to the area after receiving intelligence of a pre-Ramadan meeting held by al-Qaeda members. After killing dozens of al-Qaeda and Taliban members, they did not find either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri.


  • Afghanistan
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    2008 Afghanistan Blizzard

    Afghanistan
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008

    Afghanistan Blizzard was a fierce blizzard that struck Afghanistan on the 10th of January 2008. Temperatures fell to a low of -30 C, with up to 180 centimetres of snow in the more mountainous regions, killing at least 926 people. The weather also claimed more than 100,000 sheep and goats, and nearly 315,000 cattle died.


  • Afghanistan
    Thursday Apr 10, 2008

    Prince William

    William deployment

    Afghanistan
    Thursday Apr 10, 2008

    Though Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts, General Officer Commanding the Household Division, had said William's deployment was possible, the Prince's position as second-in-line to the throne and the convention of ministers advising against placing that person into dangerous situations cast doubts on William's chances of seeing combat. These doubts increased after Prince Harry's deployment was canceled in 2007 due to "specific threats". William, instead, went on to train in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, obtaining his commission as a sub-lieutenant in the former and flying officer in the latter—both broadly equivalent to the army rank of lieutenant. After completing his training, William undertook an attachment with the Royal Air Force, undergoing an intensive, four-month training course at RAF Cranwell. Upon completing the course on 11 April 2008, he was presented with his RAF wings by his father, who had received his own wings after training at Cranwell. During this secondment, William flew to Afghanistan in a C-17 Globemaster that repatriated the body of Trooper Robert Pearson.


  • Afghanistan
    Wednesday Jun 15, 2011

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    The Leader of al-Qaeda

    Afghanistan
    Wednesday Jun 15, 2011

    As of 2 May 2011, he became the leader of al-Qaeda following the death of Osama bin Laden. This was confirmed by a press release from al-Qaeda's general command on June 16. Al-Zawahiri's succession to command of al-Qaeda was announced on several of their websites on June 16, 2011. On the same day, al-Qaeda renewed its position that Israel was an illegitimate state and that it wouldn't accept any compromise on Palestine.


  • Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan
    Friday Sep 7, 2012

    Prince Harry

    Afghanistan

    Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan
    Friday Sep 7, 2012

    On 7 September 2012, Harry arrived at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan as part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, to begin a four-month combat tour as a co-pilot and gunner for an Apache helicopter.


  • Afghanistan
    Monday Sep 10, 2012

    Prince Harry

    Taliban had threatened Prince Harry's life

    Afghanistan
    Monday Sep 10, 2012

    On 10 September, within days of arriving in Afghanistan, it was reported that the Taliban had threatened his life. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid spoke to Reuters and was quoted as saying: "We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping." He added, "We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him."


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