Northern Alliance

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Northern Alliance

Northern Alliance

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

CLOSE, Seamus Anthony (born 1947), Member (Alliance) Lagan Valley, Northern Ireland Assembly, 1998–2007

NEESON, Séan (born 1946), Member (Alliance) Antrim East, Northern Ireland Assembly, 1998–2011

LO, Anna Manwah (born 1950), Member (Alliance) Belfast South, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 2007

McCARTHY, Kieran (born 1942), JP; Member (Alliance) Strangford, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 1998

DICKSON, Stewart Clyde (born 1950), Member (Alliance) East Antrim, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 2011

LYTTLE, Christopher (born 1981), Member (Alliance) Belfast East, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 2010

FORD, David R. J. (born 1951), Member (Alliance) Antrim South, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 1998; Minister of Justice, since 2010; Leader, Alliance Party, since 2001

MAGOWAN, Joseph Irvine (1901 - 1977), DL; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Northern Ireland, 1953–56, retired; President, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, since 1971

Photograph by Sergei Chirikov of a Taleban prisoner questioned by a member of the Northern Alliance The Times, 17 November 2001

FARRY, Stephen Anthony (born 1971), Member (Alliance) North Down, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 2007; Minister for Employment and Learning, since 2011

Georg Leidenberger. Chicago's Progressive Alliance: Labor and the Bid for Public Streetcars. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press. 2006. Pp. viii, 202. $35.00


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A loose alliance of primarily Pashtun Islamic groups which took control of Kabul in 1992. It disintegrated in 1993, but the alliance was reformed in 1996 as its leaders retreated from the Taliban offensive. It controlled less than 10 per cent of Afghan territory between 1999 and 2001. It received a further blow in early September when its leader, Ahmed Shah Masood, was killed. A few days later, the September 11 attacks changed the position of the Northern Alliance. As the principal opposition army against the Taliban in the War on Terrorism, it became the principal ally of the USA. After weeks of sustained bombing of Taliban positions by US missiles and bombs, Taliban resistance collapsed, and on 13 November the Northern Alliance captured the Afghan capital, Kabul. Under US pressure, the Northern Alliance agreed on a UN‐brokered deal, which on 5 December 2001 established Hamid Karzai as interim leader of Afghanistan. Nevertheless, Northern Alliance regional leaders remained powerful in the north of the country, outside the capital.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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