1999 in Afghanistan

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See also:Other events of 1999
List of years in Afghanistan

The following lists events that happened during 1999 in Afghanistan.




  • February 13 - America's public enemy number one, Osama Bin Laden, is reported missing by his Taliban hosts in Afghanistan.


  • May 9 - The Taliban movement says that its forces have retaken the key central town of Bamyan from the opposition alliance.


  • June 20 - The Red Cross pulls non-essential foreign staff out of Afghanistan after 10 of its workers were beaten.


  • July 6 - U.S. President Bill Clinton imposes financial and commercial sanctions on Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement because of its support of Saudi terrorism suspect Osama Bin Laden.[1]
  • July 19 - The U.S. assistant secretary of state for South Asia, Karl Inderfurth, tells Taliban Information Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi that the U.S. would be forced to take further actions if Osama bin Laden is not brought to justice.
  • July 19 - The Six plus Two Group on Afghanistan adopted the Tashkent Declaration, in which the members pledged not to provide arms to any party in the Afghan conflict and not to allow the use of their territory for such purpose.[2]
  • July 28 - Thousands of Taliban fighters launch an offensive to crush Ahmad Shah Masood, the last hurdle between the Islamic militia and control of the whole of Afghanistan. This July Offensive was condemned in an October Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council. The UN Secretary General specifically pointed out that the offensive was reinforced by thousands of recruits from religious schools in Pakistan.[3]




  • October 22 - United States Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Karl Inderfurth told Congress that the US is “Prepared to work with the Taliban to rid Afghanistan of terrorist networks,” if it would hand over bin Laden to American authorities.[5]
  • October 27 - Mullah Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil is named foreign minister in the Taliban government, replacing Mullah Mohammad Hassan. Mullah Abdul Razzaq is made interior minister, replacing Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, who is appointed as governor of the western province of Herat.
  • October 29 - Saudi-born terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden is reported to have sought safe passage from the Taliban's Afghanistan to an unknown country.


  • November 14 - UN sanctions against Afghanistan under Resolution 1267 go into force, imposed for not handing over Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden.


  • December 25 - Hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 lands in Afghanistan at the Kandahar Airport.
  • December 31 - The passengers of Flight 814 are freed and the hijackers are given 10 hours to leave Afghanistan by the Taliban.


  1. ^ President Clinton imposes sanctions on Afghan leadership, BBC News, 6 July 1999
  2. ^ Tashkent Declaration on Fundamental Principles for a Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict in Afghanistan - UN Peacemaker Website
  3. ^ UN Security Council SC/6743 of 22 October 1999
  4. ^ International Narcotics Control Board (2001). Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2000. United Nations Publications. pp. 57–. ISBN 978-92-1-148131-0.
  5. ^ (http://www.rawa.org/us-talib.htm)