Afghanistan

Country Afghanistan
Capital Kabul
Continent Asia(South Asia)
Currency Afghani(AFN)
Languages Pashto & Dari

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Introduction

Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 Communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan Communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-Communist mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., a U.S., Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama BIN LADIN. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. Karzai was re-elected in November 2009 for a second term. Despite gains toward building a stable central government, a resurgent Taliban and continuing provincial instability - particularly in the south and the east - remain serious challenges for the Afghan Government.

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Afghanistan - Wikipedia
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The first woman soldier to kill in combat says leaving Afghanistan was a betrayal of our troops - Mirror.co.uk

Mirror.co.uk

The first woman soldier to kill in combat says leaving Afghanistan was a betrayal of our troops
Mirror.co.uk
Army medic Chantelle Taylor doesn't regret becoming the first female soldier to kill in combat but she feels her efforts on the battlefield are being betrayed. The impact of taking a life at close range in an Afghanistan ambush nine years ago, is in ...
America Can't Afford to Buy a Broken Afghanistan | The National ...The National Interest Online
US General: 5000 More Troops Needed for AfghanistanAntiwar.com
Prospects of peace in AfghanistanBusiness Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)
The San Diego Union-Tribune -RT -The Hill (blog)
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Pakistan Has Started Fencing Off Its Border With Afghanistan - TIME

TIME

Pakistan Has Started Fencing Off Its Border With Afghanistan
TIME
Pakistan has begun work on a fence that will trace its mountainous northwest border with Afghanistan, Islamabad announced Saturday. A better managed, secure and peaceful border is in mutual interest of both brotherly countries who have given ...
Pakistan building border fence with Afghanistan: officialsDaily Mail
Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'Reuters
Pakistan Starts Building Fence Along Border With AfghanistanWall Street Journal (subscription)
Aljazeera.com -India Today -The News International
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Hope Grows, Fear Lingers as American University in Afghanistan Reopens After Deadly Attack - Voice of America

Voice of America

Hope Grows, Fear Lingers as American University in Afghanistan Reopens After Deadly Attack
Voice of America
For Kabul political science student Rahmatullah Amiri, shot three times in a Taliban raid on the American University of Afghanistan last August and still on crutches, restarting classes is the best possible answer to his attackers. "The only thing I ...
American U Afghanistan Will Resume Classes - Inside Higher EdInside Higher Ed

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Ireland's cricketers face serious test against Afghanistan - Irish Times

Irish Times

Ireland's cricketers face serious test against Afghanistan
Irish Times
Ireland's cricketers face a gruelling test of both their cricketing ability and physical endurance over the next four days in India as they take on Afghanistan in a key Intercontinental Cup clash. Afghanistan are hosting the game in the Delhi suburb of ...
Ireland, Afghanistan eye slice of Test pie | Cricket | ESPN CricinfoESPNcricinfo.com
Afghanistan v Ireland, I Cup match, Greater Noida PreviewInternational Cricket Council
Afghanistan vs Ireland Live Score (ODI)News18
Cricket Country -Pajhwok Afghan News (subscription) (blog) -The News International
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To Defeat Terrorism In Afghanistan, Start With Opium Crops in ... - Forbes

Forbes

To Defeat Terrorism In Afghanistan, Start With Opium Crops in ...
Forbes
The U.S. vowed to defeat Islamic State in Afghanistan in 2017, and is actively targeting the Taliban. These terrorists get or can get significant funding from opium.
Afghanistan's relentless opium woes have a 'new seed in town,' and ...CNBC

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Afghanistan, a Dangerous Place to Be, to Have a Baby - Voice of America

Voice of America

Afghanistan, a Dangerous Place to Be, to Have a Baby
Voice of America
In 2016, every province in Afghanistan was affected by a natural disaster or armed conflict. More than half were affected by both. The fighting killed more than 8,000 civilians in the first nine months of 2016. A half million people lost their homes by ...



Afghanistan receives 4 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft - AirForceTimes.com

Afghanistan receives 4 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft
AirForceTimes.com
Afghanistan's air force received four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft on Monday to support the country's fight against insurgent groups. The new planes will be used by Afghan pilots to support armed reconnaissance missions, close-air attack and ...



Marines struggle with more tours to Afghanistan, discussions with families - Washington Times

Washington Times

Marines struggle with more tours to Afghanistan, discussions with families
Washington Times
As America's longest war now in its 16th year continues in Afghanistan, Marines are finding themselves doing several more tours than they'd bargained for in the country, where sectarian violence and a resurgent Taliban continue to bedevil efforts ...



Letter to Ministers on behalf of Afghanistan villagers - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Letter to Ministers on behalf of Afghanistan villagers
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
As you are now aware, we have been instructed to act for the families of the deceased and other individuals of the villages of Khak Khuday Dad and Naik in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan. Our clients are the innocent victims of military operations ...



Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike - PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike
PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said ...
Al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin killed in US air strike in Afghanistan, say officialsHindustan Times
US Says Strike Killed al-Qaida Figure in AfghanistanVoice of America
Pakistani Al-Qaida Leader Killed In US Strike In AfghanistanNPR
USA TODAY
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