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Factsheet

Operations in Afghanistan: Chronology of Events, September 2001 - December 2002

Coalition military activity is summarised below, with links to more extensive briefings where available.

Operations in Afghanistan

The UK is providing a number of British military and civilian personnel in support of NATO-led military operations in Afghanistan. The UK contribution, which began in October 2001 following the terrorist attacks on the United States, has helped to bring about the fall of the Taliban regime. This subsequently paved the way for the first ever parliamentary elections in Afghanistan which took place on 18 September 2005.

British Forces, under the command of the International Security Assistance Force and along with US and other allies from the international community, continue to work with the new, democratically-elected Afghan Government to build stability and maintain security across the country.

30 Dec 02 - British troops serving in Kabul marked Christmas with the auction of a large number of Top 20 albums donated by Virgin Radio to raise over $1100 for Afghanistan's principal children's hospital, and delivered to the patients many toys donated by British families.

24 Dec 02 - Numerous personnel from all three of the Armed Forces will be on duty over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, either deployed on operations overseas, or providing essential services in the UK.

2 Dec 02 - The Ministry of Defence welcomes a UN decision to extend the deployment of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), in Kabul, for a further twelve months.

26 Sep 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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16 Sep 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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5 Sep 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. An assassination attempt was made against Hamid Karzai in Kandahar, and bomb attacks carried out by terrorists in Kabul.

3 Sep 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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20 Aug 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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17 Aug 02 - Sergeant Robert Busuttil and Corporal John Gregory both aged thirty and serving with the Royal Logistic Corps, died from gunshot wounds at the British base at Kabul International Airport.

13 Aug 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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9 Aug 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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7 Aug 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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2 Aug 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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31 Jul 02 - Drawdown of Task Force JACANA was completed.

30 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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24 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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22 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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15 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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12 Jul 02 - Personnel from 3 Commando Brigade, 45 Commando, 27 Squadron RAF and 34 Field Hospital returned home from Afghanistan, having been praised by the US commander in Afghanistan for an "absolutely superb" performance.

9 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

Operation BUZZARD concluded successfully.

8 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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4-31 Jul 02 - The first troops returned home on 4 Jul 02, with further contingents following on 12 and 19 Jul 02.

3 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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2 Jul 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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1 Jul 02 - Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon arrived in Kabul on the first leg of a visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

26 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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25 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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21 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region. A Royal Marine patrol discovered a large arms cache hidden in a village.

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20 Jun 02 - The Secretary of State for Defence confirmed that Task Force Jacana would return to the UK on successful completion of operations in a statement to the House of Commons.

Major-General McColl handed over command of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Turkey's Major General Hilmi Akin Zorlu.

Statement by the Defence Secretary

17 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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13 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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11 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region. A USAF MC-130 aircraft crashed in Paktia province with three fatalities.

5 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

UK Defence Secretary and US Defense Secretary briefing

4 Jun 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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1-4 Jun 02 - The British contingent with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), despite being thousands of miles from home, did its best to join in the celebrations being held to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee.

As beacons were lit across the United Kingdom to mark Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, British soldiers serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul lit a beacon on a hill overlooking the Afghan capital.

30 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation BUZZARD continued in the Khowst region.

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29 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. It was announced that the Jacana Task Group and Afghan forces were engaged on Operation BUZZARD in the Khowst region.

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24 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. US forces raided a suspected Al Qaida/Taliban leadership compound west of Kandahar.

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22 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Unidentified gunmen attacked a Royal Marine observation post. The Royal Marines returned fire and inflicted casualties.

The successful conclusion of Operation CONDOR was announced.

20 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. UK, US, Australian and Afghan forces continued Operation CONDOR. A US Serviceman was killed in action in eastern Afghanistan.

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17 May 02 - It was announced that coalition forces, including elements of 45 Commando Group, had deployed under Operation CONDOR to support an Australian Special Air Service patrol engaged in combat with Al Qaida and Taliban forces in the mountains of Paktia province in south east Afghanistan.

The condition of several personnel affected by the illness at Bagram improved, with a number of soldiers having recovered after treatment and returned to duties. It was confirmed in London that the illness was almost certainly Winter Vomiting disease.

16 May 02 - In a Statement to the House of Commons, the Defence Secretary gave an update on recent developments in Afghanistan.

It was confirmed that a Royal Marine had fallen seriously ill at Bagram and would be medevaced to the UK.

15 May 02 - Tests conducted on personnel returned to the UK confirm that an enteric-like feverish illness at Bagram is almost certainly the Winter Vomiting virus.

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13 May 02 - The successful conclusion of Operation SNIPE was announced.

8 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation SNIPE continued; investigation began of a major a network of caves used as a terrorist arms cache.

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2 May 02 - It was confirmed that personnel from 45 Commando Group had commenced Operation SNIPE to search and clear a significant area in the remote Afghan mountains believed to be used as a base by Al Qaida and Taliban forces.

1 May 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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30 Apr 02 - A major community project supported by the International Security Assistance Force was opened when the Deputy Mayor of Kabul and Major-General McColl, commanding ISAF, led a ceremony to mark the renovation of Shar-e-Naw park and surrounding facilities.

28 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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27 Apr 02 - The stray dog, Tiger, brought home to Colchester from Afghanistan by soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade, has found a new owner for when he completes his stay in quarantine.

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26 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

Press briefing by CinC CENTCOM at MOD London

25 Apr 02 - The British and New Zealand contingents serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul marked ANZAC Day in a ceremony at Kabul Airport.

24 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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22 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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18 Apr 02 - Operation PTARMIGAN concluded successfully when British forces recovered safely to Bagram airfield.

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17 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation PTARMIGAN continued. A tragic accident during training near Kandahar led to a US Air National Guard F-16 aircraft bombing Canadian troops of The Princess Patricia Light Infantry, with four fatalities.

16 Apr 02 - It was confirmed that personnel from 45 Commando Group had commenced Operation PTARMIGAN to search and clear a high valley in the Afghan mountains believed to have been occupied by Al Qaida and Taliban forces.

British Forces previously committed to Operation VERITAS have included Royal Navy S & T Class submarines, RAF support aircraft, and a naval task group with Commando forces embarked.

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9 Apr 02 - With very deep regret the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Private Darren John George from the Royal Anglian Regiment, serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, died after a tragic incident during a security patrol in the Afghan capital, and was the subject of a full inquiry to establish the exact circumstances. However, hostile action was not a factor.

RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Royal Marine Commandoes had been involved in a search operation a week earlier against cave complexes.

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8 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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4 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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3 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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1 Apr 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. The first echelon of combat troops from 45 Commando Group arrived in Afghanistan.

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29 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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28 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. The US Department of Defense confirmed the tragic death of a USN Serviceman during training in Afghanistan.

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26 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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25 Mar 02 - In the aftermath of the earthquake which caused devastation in northern Afghanistan overnight 25/26 Mar 02, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) responded quickly to requests from the Afghan Interim Authority, dispatching a team of experts to help assess the situation.

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Coalition aircraft are heavily involved in assisting with the movement of emergency aid to the stricken region.

A particularly valuable consignment of aid from the People's Republic of China began arriving at Kabul airport - some 540 tonnes of medical supplies, blankets and clothing.

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23 Mar 02 - Dr Hamid Karzai, the head of the Afghan Interim Authority, led celebrations at Amani High School to mark the excellent progress made in just a few weeks on the regeneration of the city's schools, and in particular the provision of education for girls, who were denied it by the Taliban.

RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. The advance party of 45 Commando Group arrived in Bagram.

21 Mar 02 - Royal Engineers serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan have rebuilt a bridge on a key road between Kabul and Bagram, and dedicated it to the memory of a Royal Engineer VC holder killed in action nearby in 1879.

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20 Mar 02 - In a speech to the House of Commons the Defence Secretary answered questions that had been raised regarding the deployment of British troops to Afghanistan.

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18 Mar 02 - The Secretary of State for Defence announced that a Commando battlegroup was being dispatched to work with US, Canadian and other Coalition forces in operations against remaining pockets of Al Qaida and Taliban resistance in Afghanistan.

The Defence Secretary brought the House of Commons up to date by making a statement about the continuing role of the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA concluded in the Gardez region.

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15 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA continued.

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14 Mar 02 - The Indira Gandhi children's hospital in Kabul, adopted by the 3rd Divisional Signal Regiment, has received its first batch of new beds and bedding, thanks to a grant from the Department for International Development, as well as a further batch of toys and other gifts donated by people in the Salisbury area.

12 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA continued.

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11 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA continued.

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10 Mar 02 - For the British troops deployed with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), remembering Mothering Sunday is perhaps all the more important, given their operational duties so far from home.

8 Mar 02 - The celebration of International Women's Day would have been unthinkable under the oppressive Taliban regime. Two distinguished visitors were in Kabul for the occasion; Mrs Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Bianca Jagger, the humanitarian and women's rights campaigner.

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7 Mar 02 - Defence Minister, Dr Lewis Moonie, announced that there is to be a compulsory call out of up to 49 Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) personnel to assist with the war on terrorism.

6 Mar 02 - With very deep regret it was confirmed that two German and three Danish soldiers from International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had been killed in a tragic accident in Kabul. The circumstances of the accident are subject to a full investigation. Major General McColl's statement following the accident can be found here.

RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA continued.

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5 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA continued.

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4 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Operation ANACONDA continued in the Gardez region, with tactical and strategic aircraft engaged on air support missions.

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3 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. The US Department of Defense confirmed the loss of an MH-47 to ground fire during the Gardez operations. Eight US fatalities, plus casualties amongst Afghan troops, were reported.

2 Mar 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Afghan and Coalition forces continued operations south of Gardez against several hundred Taliban and Al Qaida fighters.

1 Mar 02 - British troops serving with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul have come to the aid of Afghanistan's leading children's hospital, which had suffered dreadfully from neglect and lack of resources in the decades of turmoil and conflict which have wracked the country.

RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. Afghan and Coalition forces began operations against Taliban and Al Qaida forces in caves south of Gardez. Significant air support missions were flown. One US and three Afghan soldiers were reported killed.

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27 Feb 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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26 Feb 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. The US Department of Defense published a fact sheet summarising operations to date - link removed as page no longer valid

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24 Feb 02 - British soldiers serving with the International Security Assistance Force have been able to restore the gravestones of British troops who died in Afghanistan in the nineteenth century, and once more honour the memory of the fallen.

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18 Feb 02 - The Royal Air Force has stepped in to help the many Afghans who wish to make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, flying out large numbers to Saudi Arabia.

15 Feb 02 - In the historic football match played in Kabul, the military players from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) team may have won the match 3-1, but the real winners were the Afghan people, for whom the match symbolised the first step to restoring normal sporting links after decades of conflict and oppression.

12 Feb 02 - A team of experts and officials from the Football Association flew to Kabul to help prepare for the football match to be played between Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) teams on 15 Feb 02.

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11 Feb 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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9 Feb 02 - A team drawn from military personnel of eight different nations serving with the International Security Assistance Force train for a football match against an Afghan team at a stadium in Kabul used until recently by the Taliban for public executions.

8 Feb 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties. US troops began follow-up operations on the ground in the Zhawar Kili area.

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6 Feb 02 - A major avalanche occurred in the area of the Salang Tunnel which trapped some forty vehicles and about 100 people in and around the tunnel. Although technically outside of the International Security Assistance Force's area of operation, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Afghan Interim Authority agreed that personnel from the Force should help in the humanitarian rescue efforts.

5 Feb 02 - The Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, visited the British troops serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul and called on senior members of the Afghan Interim Authority.

31 Jan 02 - General Fahim Khan, the Afghan Defence Minister, visited the Ministry of Defence in London to discuss matters of mutual interest and to build upon the close relationship established between the UK Government and the new Afghan Interim Authority.

30 Jan 02 - The Romanian military platoon completed the deployment to Afghanistan. After arriving, the soldiers started setting up their base camp operation near Kabul, and established communications both with the Romanian General Staff and the other units of the multinational military force.

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29 Jan 02 - The first Romanian troops - twelve soldiers from the 265th Military Police Battalion and a military liaison officer - arrived in Kabul in a Romanian C-130 Hercules.

28 Jan 02 - Afghan and US troops stormed a hospital building in Kandahar after Al Qaida fighters who had barricaded themselves inside continued to refuse to surrender. RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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25 Jan 02 - RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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24 Jan 02 - US troops attacked two compounds north of Kandahar where Taliban forces were reported to be based. The operation concluded, a USAF AC-130 destroyed an ammunition dump at the location. RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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22 Jan 02 - Three British Army bomb disposal experts were presented with a football at the start of the Manchester United vs Liverpool match at Old Trafford for an unusual sporting fixture in Afghanistan.

RAF support aircraft flew operational sorties.

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19 Jan 02 - RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

A USMC CH-53E helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, with two fatalities.

18 Jan 02 - RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

17 Jan 02 - In compliance with Parliamentary approval, the Romanian Ministry of National Defence completes preparations to send several military support elements to augment the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

16 Jan 02 - RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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14 Jan 02 - US aircraft continued operations against targets in the Zhawar Kili complex. RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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11 Jan 02 - US aircraft continued operations against targets in the Zhawar Kili complex. RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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10 Jan 02 - The Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, set out in the House of Commons the details of the Force's composition.

8 Jan 02 - US aircraft continued operations against targets in the Zhawar Kili complex. RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

A USMC KC-130 tanker crashed in Pakistan; its seven crew members are reported to have been killed.

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7 Jan 02 - The Prime Minister visited Bagram airfield in Afghanistan to meet Hamid Karzai, the head of the Afghan Interim Authority, and to thank troops from the UK and partner nations preparing for the deployment of the International Security Assistance Force.

US Navy aircraft attacked additional facilities in the Zhawar Kili area. RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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4 Jan 02 - British troops deployed in Kabul helped save the life of an Afghan woman who had suffered appalling burns injuries in a domestic accident.

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3 Jan 02 - US aircraft attacked a cave complex at Zhawar Kili.

RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

In Kabul, the Military Technical Agreement for the International Security Assistance Force was signed by the Afghan Minister Mohammed Yusuf Qanouni and Major General McColl. See Op FINGAL for details.

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2 Jan 02 - RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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27 Dec 01 - RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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25 Dec 01 - US aircraft attacked a Taliban compound at Tori Khel.

RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

21 Dec 01 - RAF tanker, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

The Afghan Interim Authority took office in Kabul on 22 December. Royal Marines from 40 Commando commenced security assistance operations in Kabul.

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19 Dec 01 - The Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, confirmed in the House of Commons that the UK had formally offered to lead International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The force Commander was named as Major General John McColl.

Tesco, Nestle and The Sun newspaper have joined forces to provide military personnel deployed on operations over the Christmas and New Year holiday period with a gift box of assorted comestibles.

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18 Dec 01 - RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Yemeni troops took action against a suspected Al Qaida base in Yemen.

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17 Dec 01 - The Prime Minister made a statement in the House of Commons on the European Council which took place in Belgium on 14 and 15 Dec 01.

RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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13 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

A preliminary planning conference was held at the UK Ministry of Defence with potential troop-contributing nations to help inform the decision process for the deployment of any international security force to Kabul.

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12 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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11 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

The US Department of Defense confirmed that a USAF B-1 aircraft had been lost some 30 miles off Diego Garcia. All four crew were safely rescued.

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10 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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6 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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5 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in central Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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4 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

The US Department of Defense confirmed that three US Servicemen had been killed by a stray bomb from a B-52 during operations north of Kandahar.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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3 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in north-east Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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2 Dec 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in central Afghanistan.
Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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30 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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29 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in western Afghanistan.
Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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28 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.
Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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27 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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26-27 Nov 01 - The Royal Air Force provided safe transport on 26 November 2001 for a delegation from the Northern Alliance attending the UN-sponsored conference being held in Bonn on 27 November 2001 to take forward the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

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22-23 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Airborne radio stations broadcast.

21 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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20 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

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19 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in western Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

17 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets attacked included Taliban armoured vehicles south of Gardiz in the south-east:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Airborne radio stations broadcast.

16 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

15 Nov 01 - An advance party of UK military personnel arrived at Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. Their mission is to assess the situation at the airfield and report whether it is safe for wider use, such as the delivery of humanitarian aid.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped around Kabul and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and CinC CENTCOM briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

14 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

US DOD brief on humanitarian aid - link removed as page no longer valid

13 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

Eight detained aid workers were picked up by US forces.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

12 Nov 01 - In a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London, Prime Minister Tony Blair said:

"After the conflict, we must make good our promise to help bring in a broad-based Afghan government, representative of all peoples, including the Pushtoon and enable the reconstruction of that sorry land to take place."

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Taliban retreated from Kabul and lost control of Herat.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

The US DOD released a photograph of Taliban military vehicles attempting to shelter in close proximity to a religious site in Kabul.

US DOD map

11 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Taliban defeated at Mazar-e-Sharif.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

10 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

9 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

8 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged fourteen targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and CinC CENTCOM briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

7 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Airborne radio stations broadcast.

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

6 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Pictures were released of a terrorist training camp at Piwar Kandar which had been destroyed

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

5 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Airborne radio stations broadcast.

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

4 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged five targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map /

2 Nov 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in Afghanistan.

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

1 Nov 01 - The Defence Secretary's speech to the House of Commons set out the Government's position on international terrorism.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged nine targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties. A US helicopter crashed inside Afghanistan due to bad weather, but the crew were safely rescued. A US Predator Unmanned Air Vehicle was also reported missing.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

31 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged eight targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

30 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft struck twenty targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Pictures were released of a terrorist training camp near Kandahar which had been progressively destroyed in the course of the campaign.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in central Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and UK Defence Secretary briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

29 Oct 01 - A Press Conference given by the Defence Secretary provided an updated regarding our military operation in Afghanistan, and its place in the wider strategy of the international campaign against terrorism.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked thirteen targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties. USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

28 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged six targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map

27 Oct 01 - US aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

26 Oct 01 - A statement by the Armed Forces Minister to the House of Commons gave an update regarding HQ 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, serving in Oman as part of Exercise SAIF SAREEA II.

US aircraft engaged several targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

25 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked ten targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

24 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked nine targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in north-west Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

23 Oct 01 - In a Press Conference the Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon MP, and the Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, gave un update regarding United States and British forces engaged in military action against the Al Qaida terrorist network and the Taliban regime that shelters and protects them in Afghanistan.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft struck five targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

22 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged eleven targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

21 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked eight targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties. A laser-guided bomb dropped by an FA-18 Hornet is believed to have malfunctioned and landed in an open area near an old people's home in Herat.

Targets included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map

20 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked six targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties. Two bombs dropped by a USN F-14 regrettably fell in a residential area north-west of Kabul; the weapon guidance system is believed to have malfunctioned.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

19 Oct 01 - US Special Operation Command troops conducted ground operations at an airfield in southern Afghanistan and another location. USAF and USN/USMC aircraft engaged 15 targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US aircraft, and RAF surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in north-west Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations.

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

18 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked eighteen targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

The US Department of Defense confirmed that two US Service personnel had suffered fatal injuries in a helicopter accident in Pakistan.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

17 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft, including F-15E and AC-130 aircraft, engaged some dozen targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations and airborne radio stations broadcast.

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

16 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked twelve targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

15 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft, and USN Tomahawk missiles, attacked twelve targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties. The USAF commenced use of the AC-130 gunship.

Targets included:

A laser-guided bomb regrettably hit a warehouse storing ICRC humanitarian aid supplies [link removed as page no longer valid]. It would appear the warehouse was in a facility otherwise used by the Taliban for the storage of military equipment.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

14 Oct 01 - US forces engaged seven targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

Leaflets were dropped at a number of locations throughout Afghanistan.

US DOD map

13 Oct 01 - US and UK forces attacked seventeen targets. Royal Navy Tomahawk missiles were fired, and RAF aircraft flew combat support missions. One US bomb regrettably fell in a residential area [link removed as page no longer valid].

Targets included:

  • a Taliban command and control communications facility near Herat (US pre-strike photo /post-strike photo)
  • USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

US DOD map

12 Oct 01 - A Press Conference given by the Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short MP, and the Under Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Lewis Moonie MP outlined the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and the work being done with the United Nations to prevent a catastrophe in Afghanistan.

A brief operational pause was observed on 12 October 2001.

US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

11 Oct 01 - A Press Conference given by the Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, and the Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, explained how the United Kingdom's Armed Forces have been closely involved in supporting the United States in military operations against Usama Bin Laden's Al Qaida terrorist network and the military installations of the Taliban regime that supports them.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft attacked six targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

US DOD map / Press briefing by US Department of Defense - link removed as page no longer valid

10 Oct 01 - USAF and USN/USMC aircraft, plus USN Tomahawk missiles, attacked seven targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.


US DOD map

9 Oct 01 - Background to Operation VERITAS

US aircraft attacked six targets. RAF tanker aircraft provided air-to-air refuelling support to US carrier-based aircraft, and RAF reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft flew operational sorties.

Targets hit included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in northern Afghanistan.

US DOD map / US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

8 Oct 01 - A Press Conference by the Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, and the Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, gave an update on British forces activity in Afghanistan.

USAF and USN/USMC aircraft and USN Tomahawk missiles attacked 13 targets. Targets hit included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in southern Afghanistan.

Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons, 8 October 2001

US DOD map /US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid

7 Oct 01 - The President of the United States announced that military strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had begun [link removed as page no longer valid].

The Prime Minister gave a statement at 1850 hrs BST confirming that UK forces were engaged in the military action against targets inside Afghanistan announcement by President Bush [link removed as page no longer valid].

US and UK forces commenced military action against Al Qaida and Taliban targets within Afghanistan. USAF and USN/USMC aircraft bombed and USN warships fired Tomahawk missiles at 30 targets.

Royal Navy submarine-launched Tomahawk missiles were fired at a terrorist site.

Targets hit included:

USAF C-17 transports dropped humanitarian aid to large concentrations of displaced persons in southern Afghanistan.

US Defense Secretary and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing - link removed as page no longer valid /US DOD map

4 Oct 01 - The Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament concerning the terrorist attacks in the US and the Defence Secretary gave a speech in the Commons.

House of Lords Debate on International Terrorism

28 Sep 01 - The United Nations (UN) Security Council issued Resolution No 1373.

25 Sep 01 - In a statement from 10 Downing Street on 25 September 2005 on Britain's role in the coalition against terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Blair gave an update on several issues.

14 Sep 01 - In a statement from 10 Downing Street on Britain's role in the coalition against terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "Our fight is not with Islam. Our fight is with a terrorist network and a regime that sustains them." And The Defence Secretary gave a speech in the Commons.

Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons, 14 September 2001

13 Sep 01 - The time-honoured ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace was significantly altered as a special mark of respect and remembrance for the victims of the appalling acts of terrorism committed in the United States on 11 September 2001.

12 Sep 01 - Prime Minister's statement on 12 September 2001 in response to terrorist attacks in the United States

11 Sep 01 - Following the appalling events in the United States when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with hijacked passenger planes, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, issued statements [links removed as page no longer valid]

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