2015 in Afghanistan

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List of years in Afghanistan

The following lists events that happened during 2015 in Afghanistan .

2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

Afghanistan A landlocked south-central Asian country

Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in South-Central Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and in the far northeast, China. Its territory covers 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi) and much of it is covered by the Hindu Kush mountain range. Kabul serves as the capital and its largest city.



President of Afghanistan office of the head of state of Afghanistan

The president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the head of state and head of government of Afghanistan. The incumbent office holder is Ashraf Ghani.

Ashraf Ghani President of Afghanistan

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is an Afghan politician and current president of Afghanistan, elected on 21 September 2014. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as finance minister and the chancellor of Kabul University.

Abdullah Abdullah Afghan politician

Abdullah Abdullah is an Afghan politician, serving as Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since September 2014. From October 2001 to April 2005, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that he was a senior member of the Northern Alliance working as an adviser to Ahmad Shah Massoud. He also worked as a medical doctor during the late 1990s.



European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan

EUPOL Afghanistan (2007-2016) was a European Union mission supporting the reform efforts of the Afghan government in building a civilian police service in Afghanistan.

Kabul Metropolis and municipality in Afghanistan

Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country. It is also a municipality, forming part of the greater Kabul Province. According to estimates in 2019, the population of Kabul is 5.266 million, which includes all the major ethnic groups of Afghanistan. Rapid urbanization had made Kabul the world's 75th largest city.

Taliban Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan

The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban's leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.


2014 Peshawar school massacre terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the Pakistani city of Peshawar

On 16 December 2014, six gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The militants, all of whom were foreign nationals, included one Chechen, three Arabs and two Afghans. They entered the school and opened fire on school staff and children, killing 149 people including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age making it the world's fourth deadliest school massacre. A rescue operation was launched by the Pakistan Army's Special Services Group (SSG) special forces, who killed all six terrorists and rescued 960 people.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province Branch of the Islamic State operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province, or ISIL-KP, is a branch of the militant Islamist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some media sources also use the terms ISK, ISISK, IS-KP, or ISIS-K in referring to the group. The Khorasan group's area of operations also includes other parts of South Asia, such as India where individuals have pledged allegiance to it. However its main activity is in the border region of eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.

2015 Afghanistan avalanches

On February 24–28, 2015, a total of 40 avalanches in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan killed at least 310 people, and another 129 were wounded. 1,000 Afghani troops were deployed to Panjshir Province to assist rescue efforts. According to the acting governor of Panjshir, Abdul Rahman Kabiri, these avalanches were the worst Afghanistan had seen in three decades.


Afghan National Army branch of the Afghan Armed Forces

The Afghan National Army (ANA) is the land warfare branch of the Afghan Armed Forces. It is under the Ministry of Defense in Kabul and is largely trained by US-led NATO forces. The ANA is divided into six corps, with the 201st in Kabul followed by the 203rd in Gardez, 205th in Kandahar, 207th in Herat, 209th in Mazar-i-Sharif and the 215th in Lashkar Gah. The current Chief of Staff of the ANA is Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali.









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International Security Assistance Force NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, 2001–14

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 by Resolution 1386, as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. Its main purpose was to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions, but was also engaged in the war with the Taliban insurgency.

Taliban insurgency insurgency during the War in Afghanistan

The Taliban insurgency began shortly after the group's fall from power following the 2001 War in Afghanistan. The Taliban forces are fighting against the Afghan government, formerly led by President Hamid Karzai, now led by President Ashraf Ghani, and against the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The insurgency has spread to some degree over the Durand Line border to neighboring Pakistan, in particular the Waziristan region and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Taliban conduct low-intensity warfare against Afghan National Security Forces and their NATO trainers. Regional countries, particularly Pakistan and Iran, are often accused of funding and supporting the insurgent groups.

Operation Mountain Fury military operation

Operation Mountain Fury was a NATO-led operation begun on September 16, 2006 as a follow-up operation to Operation Medusa, to clear Taliban rebels from the eastern provinces of Afghanistan. Another focus of the operation was to enable reconstruction projects such as schools, health-care facilities, and courthouses to take place in the targeted provinces.

Timeline of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

The following items form a partial timeline of the War in Afghanistan. For events prior to October 7, 2001, see 2001 in Afghanistan

Events from the year 2007 in Afghanistan.

The border skirmishes between the United States and Pakistan were the military engagements and confrontations between Pakistan and the United States that took place along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border from late 2008 to late 2012 resulting in the deaths of 42 Pakistani personnel with no U.S. casualties. These incidents involved the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Command and ISAF forces, who had been present in Afghanistan fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgency, and the unified Western military command of the Pakistan Armed Forces against one another in a series of skirmishes that ceased shortly after the 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan. The two sides ultimately made peace and continued collaboration operations against insurgent groups in Pakistan following an official, however brief, apology from then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 3 July 2012 over the loss of life suffered by the Pakistani military.

See also: 2007 in Afghanistan, other events of 2008, 2009 in Afghanistan and Timeline of the War in Afghanistan (2001-14).

Events from the year 2009 in Afghanistan

2012 in Afghanistan Afghanistan-related events during the year of 2012

Events from the year 2012 in Afghanistan.

The following lists events from 2014 in Afghanistan.

The following lists events that happened in 2013 in Afghanistan.

The 2015 Kabul Parliament attack occurred on June 22, 2015, when members of the Taliban detonated a car bomb outside the National Assembly in Kabul then attacked the building with assault rifles and RPGs. Two civilians and seven Taliban died in the attack.

The following lists events that happened during 2016 in Afghanistan.

Events in the year 2017 in Afghanistan.

Events in the year 2018 in Afghanistan.

This article summarizes the history of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present). It currently runs through 2017. For more recent information see the main article on that war.


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  2. "U.S. drone strike accidentally killed 2 hostages". CNN. 24 April 2015.
  3. "Five men arrested in Afghanistan over involvement in Pakistan school massacre". 15 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. "Suicide bomb at Afghan funeral for Taliban victims kills 16". 29 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  5. "Three U.S. Contractors Said Killed in Kabul Airport Shooting". 29 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  6. "U.S. forces, Afghan troops arrest Taliban militants wanted for school massacre". Washington Post. 12 February 2015.
  7. "Afghanistan drone strike 'kills IS commander Abdul Rauf'". BBC News . 9 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015. A drone strike in Afghanistan has killed a militant commander who recently swore allegiance to Islamic State (IS), officials say. The police chief of Helmand said that former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf had died in the strike.
  8. "Afghans in frantic search for avalanche survivors".
  9. "Kabul bomb hits Turkish embassy car".
  10. "29 Insurgents Killed In Military Operations". Tolonews. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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  13. Taliban and Afghan Peace Officials Have Secret Talks in China - NY Times, By EDWARD WONG and MUJIB MASHALMAY 25, 2015
  14. Afghan Peace Envoy Met Taliban in Secret China Talks - Wall Street Journal, 24 May 2015
  15. "Top ISIL leader in Afghanistan 'killed in drone strike'". Aljazerra. 9 July 2015.
  16. "At least 33 people dead in Afghanistan suicide blast". Aljazerra. 13 July 2015.
  17. "Afghan troops 'killed by US friendly fire' in Logar". BBC. 20 July 2015.
  18. "Report: U.S. airstrike kills eight Afghan soldiers". The Washington Post. July 20, 2015.
  19. 1 2 "Taliban attack UK military convoy in Afghan capital Kabul". BBC. 11 October 2015.
  20. "Suicide attack on Nato convoy in Afghanistan kills 12". The Telegraph. 23 August 2015.
  21. "Two Nato soldiers killed in Afghan 'insider attack'". The Telegraph. 26 August 2015.
  22. "U.S. Role in Afghanistan Turns to Combat Again, With a Tragic Error". the new York times. 8 May 2016.
  23. "US transport plane crashes in Afghanistan killing 12". the telegraph. October 2015.
  24. "RAF helicopter crash: Five Nato staff die in Afghanistan". BBC. 12 October 2015.
  25. 1 2 "'Probably the largest' al-Qaeda training camp ever destroyed in Afghanistan". the Washington post. October 30, 2015.
  26. "US F-16 struck by enemy fire in Afghanistan in rare attack". Yahoo. October 18, 2015.
  27. "Taliban exit Afghan city of Kunduz but claim mission was successful". CNN. 14 October 2015.
  28. "Taliban seize British stronghold in Helmand as security unravels". the telegraph. 20 October 2015.
  29. "12 schoolgirls trampled to death in Afghanistan earthquake". the telegraph. 26 October 2015.
  30. 1 2 Jolly, David; Shah, Taimoor (13 December 2015). "Afghan Province, Teetering to the Taliban, Draws In Extra U.S. Forces". The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  31. "The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades". the Washington post. January 26, 2016.
  32. "Afghan army launches rescue bid after helicopter shot down". yahoo news. 25 November 2015.
  33. "2 Fort Campbell soldiers receive Distinguished Flying Cross". army times. 2 June 2016.
  34. "Taliban Attack on Kandahar Airport: What We Know". The Diplomat. 10 December 2015.
  35. "Green Berets honored with Silver Star and eight other valor awards". army times. 6 May 2016.
  36. "Six US soldiers killed in Afghanistan suicide attack". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  37. "Pentagon identifies Army Special Forces soldier killed in Afghanistan". the Washington post. 6 January 2016.
  38. "President Ghani and PM Modi inaugurate new Afghan parliament building". khaama. 25 December 2015.