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 orders arrest of vice-president's guards amid rape claims - The Guardian

The Guardian

Afghanistan orders arrest of vice-president's guards amid rape claims
The Guardian
Afghanistan's attorney general has ordered the arrest of nine of the vice-president's bodyguards after a rival politician alleged he was raped and tortured. The warrants were issued after Abdul Rashid Dostum and his bodyguards ignored three summons for ...
Afghanistan Orders Arrest of Vice President's Guards in Rape and Torture CaseNew York Times
Afghanistan orders arrest of vice-president's guardsIndia.com
Afghanistan orders arrest of Vice President Dostum's guardsKhaama Press (press release) (blog)

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India,UAE launch dialogue on security situation in Afghanistan - Economic Times

Economic Times

India,UAE launch dialogue on security situation in Afghanistan
Economic Times
The two sides in their maiden strategic dialogue in Delhi last Friday -- ahead of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visit -- explored counter-terror cooperation & security coordination in landlocked Afghanistan where five UAE ...

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'I was getting my a** shot at in Afghanistan': Cotton explodes at top Dem over Pompeo delay - TheBlaze.com

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'I was getting my a** shot at in Afghanistan': Cotton explodes at top Dem over Pompeo delay
TheBlaze.com
“Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton reportedly barked in reply. “So don't talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.” Then, according to the Weekly Standard, Schumer claimed that it wasn't his fault that other ...
Cotton puts Schumer in his place after blowup: 'Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan!'BizPac Review

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Second collective deportation of rejected asylum seekers from Germany arrives in Afghanistan - Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Second collective deportation of rejected asylum seekers from Germany arrives in Afghanistan
Deutsche Welle
"We are protesting against deportations to a country like Afghanistan," said Sarmina Stuman of the Afghan Refugees Movement, who organized the demonstration. Deportations to a war zone are inhumane and irresponsible, said asylum advocacy group Pro ...
Germany Sends Group of Migrants Back to AfghanistanSputnik International

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Zimbabwe to host Afghanistan for five ODIs - Cricbuzz

Cricbuzz

Zimbabwe to host Afghanistan for five ODIs
Cricbuzz
Afghanistan will be touring Zimbabwe to play a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announced on Monday (January 23). While releasing the schedule, ZC also revealed that Afghanistan A and Zimbabwe A will be clashing in ...
Afghanistan to tour Zimbabwe in FebruaryESPNcricinfo.com
ZC teams prepare for AfghanistanChronicle
Zimbabwe A prepares to host Afghanistan A | Cricket News India ...Wisden India
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Dear Donald Trump: Letters from Afghanistan - Aljazeera.com

Dear Donald Trump: Letters from Afghanistan
Aljazeera.com
As the US presence has diminished in Afghanistan, the Taliban have risen again, along with the Islamic State. Sadly - frighteningly - after 15 years, the old fears have returned to threaten me and my young daughter, and all women and mothers in my country.



Russia says US withdrawal from Afghanistan would worsen situation - Ifax - Reuters

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Russia says US withdrawal from Afghanistan would worsen situation - Ifax
Reuters
MOSCOW Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that any decision by the United States to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan would worsen the situation in the country, Interfax news agency reported. The ministry said it had not spoken to the new ...
Kremlin urges US not to pull out of AfghanistanThe Times (subscription)
Russia says US withdrawal from Afghanistan would worsen situation ...Jerusalem Post Israel News
War In Afghanistan: Donald Trump Should Stop Conflict, Withdraw US Troops, Taliban WarnsInternational Business Times
International Business Times UK
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Trouble for India as Pakistan terror groups join hands with Islamic State, Taliban in Afghanistan - Scroll.in

Scroll.in

Trouble for India as Pakistan terror groups join hands with Islamic State, Taliban in Afghanistan
Scroll.in
When a militant attack on Nagrota in Jammu unfolded late in November, senior Indian intelligence officials were keeping a close watch on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Army had been provided with intelligence inputs that the ...

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Taliban Calls On Trump To Withdraw From Afghanistan 'Quagmire' - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Taliban Calls On Trump To Withdraw From Afghanistan 'Quagmire'
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
The Taliban has called on President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, saying it is a "quagmire" that has produced little but 15 years of destruction and death. Trump has never stated what his policy is on Afghanistan, though he has ...
Taliban tells new US President Trump to quit AfghanistanJerusalem Post Israel News
Afghan Governor: Taliban Using Iranian Rockets, Meeting with Iranian OfficialsBreitbart News
Taliban warn Trump over Afghanistan policy: SITEHindustan Times
Reuters -Business Standard -Al-Arabiya
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Aziz, EU Envoy Exchange Views On Security In Afghanistan - TOLOnews

TOLOnews

Aziz, EU Envoy Exchange Views On Security In Afghanistan
TOLOnews
Franz Michael Mellbin, EU Special Representative on Afghanistan, Monday called on the adviser to the Pakistan prime minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and both sides exchanged views on peace and security in Afghanistan. Aziz reportedly briefed ...
Pakistan looks forward to meaningful engagement with Afghanistan: Sartaj AzizDispatch News Desk

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