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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American Service Member Killed and Others Wounded in Afghanistan Raid - New York Times

New York Times

American Service Member Killed and Others Wounded in Afghanistan Raid
New York Times
WASHINGTON — An American service member died in Afghanistan on Wednesday after being wounded in an operation against the Islamic State's affiliate in the country, the military said. American and Afghan troops were also injured in the raid, which took ...
A US service member is killed, others wounded, fighting ISIS in AfghanistanWashington Post
US Service Member Killed, Others Wounded In Eastern AfghanistanTask & Purpose
US service member killed, others injured in AfghanistanWashington Examiner
KUTV 2News
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The US cannot abandon Afghanistan now - Washington Post

Washington Post

The US cannot abandon Afghanistan now
Washington Post
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S evident frustration with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is entirely understandable. After nearly 16 years of war, the country is torn by violence and the government of President Ashraf Ghani remains weak. Taliban fighters are surging ...
Trump at Camp David on Friday for Afghanistan talksDaily Mail
Trump to tackle Afghanistan strategy at Camp DavidThe Hill
Outsourcing the War in Afghanistan Is an Awful IdeaThe National Interest Online
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In Afghanistan, reform can't come fast enough - Chicago Tribune

In Afghanistan, reform can't come fast enough
Chicago Tribune
There is so much that is wrong, corrupt, troubling, and dangerous in Afghanistan that it seems strange to return from a visit with positive impressions. Yet so it was, more than in any time I can recall in the dozen years I have worked in and visited ...



America shouldn't allow its partnership with Afghanistan to fray - The Hill (blog)

The Hill (blog)

America shouldn't allow its partnership with Afghanistan to fray
The Hill (blog)
Critics often call the war in Afghanistan a stalemate where the United States is losing. They ignore the positive side and broader geopolitics of the region. Pakistan and Iran are both tacitly training and recruiting insurgents in the region, while ...
Mattis: Administration 'very, very close' to Afghanistan decisionCNN
Taliban letter to Trump urges US to leave AfghanistanAljazeera.com
Taliban 'open letter' to Trump urges US to leave AfghanistanWashington Post
Charleston Post Courier -Newsweek
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Afghanistan and Belarus Sign Economic Agreements, MoUs - TOLOnews

TOLOnews

Afghanistan and Belarus Sign Economic Agreements, MoUs
TOLOnews
"We suggest defining possible forms and mechanisms of getting Belarus involved in the implementation of major infrastructure projects in the manufacturing sector, mining industry, and power engineering industry in Afghanistan,” Andrei Kobyakov said.
Belarus and Afghanistan ready for cooperation in all areasTVR

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Ticket to rot for fruit stranded without flights in Afghanistan - Channel NewsAsia

Ticket to rot for fruit stranded without flights in Afghanistan
Channel NewsAsia
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Afghanistan's plans to fly shipments from southern fruit growers to India have gone awry, leaving tons of grapes and melons to rot as officials scramble to add flights, while trading blame for the delays. The problem illustrates ...

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Terrorist Activities In Afghanistan A Threat To India: Envoy - TOLOnews

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Terrorist Activities In Afghanistan A Threat To India: Envoy
TOLOnews
“Though Afghanistan is living in an imposed war and is on the frontline of the fight against insurgency and terrorism, and our civilians and forces are being sacrificed in barbaric terrorist attacks every day ... the policy of the Afghan government is ...

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Taliban, Russia Want US to Withdraw From Afghanistan - Reason (blog)

Reason (blog)

Taliban, Russia Want US to Withdraw From Afghanistan
Reason (blog)
Most recently, the terror group ISIS entered Afghanistan—a group that did not exist in 2001 and has benefited from U.S.-induced instability in Iraq to metastasize into what it is today. Trump told reporters last month that ISIS was "falling fast" in ...

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UN, US Distressed About Attacks On Minority Groups In Afghanistan - TOLOnews

TOLOnews

UN, US Distressed About Attacks On Minority Groups In Afghanistan
TOLOnews
What is going on in Afghanistan is a result of the Taliban. We've seen, and there was a report out not that long ago, about the increase in attacks on civilians, which largely included women and children. That is being perpetrated by members of the ...

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Kabul Athlete Wins Mr Afghanistan 2017 Title - TOLOnews

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Kabul Athlete Wins Mr Afghanistan 2017 Title
TOLOnews
Yasin Qaderi from Kabul won the Mr Afghanistan title for the second time. The first time he won the title was in 2008. Thumbnail. Hearts were beating fast and fans were waiting enthusiastically to find out who won the title this year, when the jury ...

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