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
Afghanistan - CIA World Fact Book
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Special Forces Soldier Dies After Roadside Bomb Attack in Afghanistan - New York Times

New York Times

Special Forces Soldier Dies After Roadside Bomb Attack in Afghanistan
New York Times
WASHINGTON A Special Forces soldier died Sunday after being injured last week by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday in a statement, bringing the total number of American troops killed this year in combat in ...
US soldier in Afghanistan dies from wounds in roadside blastABC News
US Special Forces Soldier Dies From Wounds Received In AfghanistanRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Army Green Beret dies after IED explosion in southern AfghanistanFox News
KIRO Seattle -KHON2 -ArmyTimes.com -ABC News
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Why the Taliban's Assault on Ghazni Matters for Afghanistan and the US - New York Times

New York Times

Why the Taliban's Assault on Ghazni Matters for Afghanistan and the US
New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan The American-led invasion of Afghanistan routed Taliban extremists from power after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 17 years later, after tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars spent and two ...
Afghanistan forces beef up defence of flashpoint cityFirstpost
Afghanistan: 20 civilians, 100 security forces killed in GhazniAljazeera.com
Afghanistan: At least 20 civilians, 100 security forces killed in battle for GhazniSBS
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Taliban Attack Key Provincial Capital In Central Afghanistan - NPR

Taliban Attack Key Provincial Capital In Central Afghanistan
NPR
The Taliban have taken over much of Ghazni Province and reported casualties rise. Steve Inskeep talks to Pam Constable of The Washington Post about what that means for Afghan government control. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ...



Taliban militants overrun army base in northern Afghanistan; 10 killed, 15 wounded, over 40 soldiers captured - Firstpost

The Indian Express

Taliban militants overrun army base in northern Afghanistan; 10 killed, 15 wounded, over 40 soldiers captured
Firstpost
Kabul: Taliban militants overran large parts of an army base in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 soldiers, wounding 15 and capturing dozens more infighting over the past two days, officials said on Tuesday. Representational image. Reuters.
17 soldiers killed after Taliban militants overrun army base in northern AfghanistanXinhua
Afghanistan: Taliban overrun Afghan Army base, kill 17 troopsThe Indian Express
Taliban blindsides US forces with surprise Afghan offensiveWashington Times
Washington Examiner -The Week Magazine -Reliefweb
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Opinion: Did Trump forget his own Afghanistan strategy? - Livemint

Livemint

Opinion: Did Trump forget his own Afghanistan strategy?
Livemint
This month, a year ago, US President Donald Trump announced his administration's Afghanistan strategy in a speech in Arlington, Virginia. Trump admitted that his initial instinct was to pull out of what was already by then a 16-year-old war. However ...



Committed towards peace in Afghanistan: UN - Times of India

Times of India

Committed towards peace in Afghanistan: UN
Times of India
UNITED NATIONS: The UN has said it remains committed to assisting the people of Afghanistan in conducting their first elections since 2001 and supports the country's government in its pursuit of democratic development, prosperity and durable peace.
UN says it remains committed to assisting people of Afghanistan in conducting their first elections since 2001All India Radio

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Correspondent Reflects On Nearly 17 Years Of War In Afghanistan In 'The Fighters' - NPR

New York Times

Correspondent Reflects On Nearly 17 Years Of War In Afghanistan In 'The Fighters'
NPR
Now, as we mentioned, the assault on Ghazni comes as the war in Afghanistan pushes towards 17 years running, a fact not lost on C.J. Chivers, The New York Times' war correspondent. He notes that as of this fall, boys and girls born after the terror ...
On the Ground in Afghanistan and IraqNew York Times
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Facebook To Show La Liga Soccer Free In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Subcontinent - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Facebook To Show La Liga Soccer Free In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Subcontinent
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Spain's La Liga soccer division has announced a major deal with Facebook that will allow viewers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Indian subcontinent to watch all of its games during the next three seasons for free on the social network. Other ...

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Taliban Kill More Than 200 Afghan Defenders on 4 Fronts: 'a Catastrophe' - New York Times

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Taliban Kill More Than 200 Afghan Defenders on 4 Fronts: 'a Catastrophe'
New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan Afghan government forces lost more than 200 officers and soldiers in fighting over the past three days as Taliban insurgents launched sustained attacks on four different fronts. The hardest-hit area was the southeastern city of ...
How the battle for Ghazni could impact upcoming polls in AfghanistanPBS NewsHour
Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talksFox News
Taliban's political stature rises with talks in UzbekistanWFTV Orlando

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Afghanistan: Baseline Mobility Assessment - Summary Results, January - March 2018 - ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb

Afghanistan: Baseline Mobility Assessment - Summary Results, January - March 2018
ReliefWeb
ABOUT DTM. The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a system that tracks and monitors displacement and population mobility. It is designed to regularly and systematically capture, process and disseminate information to provide a better understanding ...