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
Afghanistan - BBC
Afghanistan - National Geographic
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Afghanistan: The Fall Of Helmand - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Afghanistan: The Fall Of Helmand
Aljazeera.com
It was called Operation Moshtarak and it was supposed to be the defining moment of the Afghanistan conflict - an all-out assault by coalition forces on the Taliban-held city of Marjah in Helmand province. Long regarded as a "festering sore" by senior ...
Insurgent Peace-Making: A New Approach to End the War in AfghanistanWar on the Rocks
Airstrikes Kill 11 Militants In AfghanistanLeadership Newspapers

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Afghanistan may seek sanctions on suspected terror networks - Washington Post

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Afghanistan may seek sanctions on suspected terror networks
Washington Post
KABUL, Afghanistan — A government official says Afghanistan is ready to seek United Nations sanctions against suspected terrorist networks and their supporters, a veiled reference to neighbor Pakistan — whom Kabul accuses of aiding Taliban insurgents ...
To Save Afghanistan, Put Pressure on PakistanWall Street Journal (subscription)
Ambling Blindly Back Into the Mountains: 5 Hard Questions for the Next Phase of AfghanistanWar on the Rocks
Afghanistan conundrumPakistan Observer
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Afghanistan wants reopening of border with Pakistan - Zee News

TOLOnews

Afghanistan wants reopening of border with Pakistan
Zee News
"As part of the quick de-escalation of the prevailing tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as agreed in our talks with the relevant Pakistan authorities a couple of days ago, Torkharm, Spin Boldak and other crossing points should have reopened by ...
Border Row Harming Afghanistan, Pakistan Business SectorsTOLOnews
Pakistan Keeps Border With Afghanistan Closed, With ExceptionsRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Said Jamal from Afghanistan on cusp of Castleford Tigers spot - BBC News

BBC News

Said Jamal from Afghanistan on cusp of Castleford Tigers spot
BBC News
A boy who fled war-torn Afghanistan after his father was killed by the Taliban is on the cusp of a professional rugby league career. Said Jamal, 15, arrived in the UK and settled in Rotherham, South Yorkshire about four years ago. He played school ...



Pakistan blames Afghanistan for a spate of terrorist attacks - The Economist

The Economist

Pakistan blames Afghanistan for a spate of terrorist attacks
The Economist
But Pakistan's army identified a third culprit: Afghanistan. It said the Afghan government was not doing enough to stamp out militant groups, and that the militants, in turn, were using Afghanistan as a base to plan attacks in Pakistan. It closed all ...

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Afghanistan to set penalties for abuse of boy sex slaves - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Afghanistan to set penalties for abuse of boy sex slaves
Hindustan Times
Afghanistan is set to lay out stringent penalties for “bacha bazi” – sexual slavery and abuse of boys – for the first time, officials say, in a landmark move against the deeply entrenched practice. AFP revealed last year how the Taliban were exploiting ...
Afghanistan set to criminalize child sex slaveryArab News
Child Sex Slavery “Bacha Bazi” Practice In Afghanistan Set To Be Criminalized For First TimeInternational Business Times

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Afghanistan: The Stolen Tale of Khorasan - Fair Observer

Fair Observer

Afghanistan: The Stolen Tale of Khorasan
Fair Observer
It is said that an army will rise up from this region bearing a black banner, and it will lead Muslims to the final victory against the enemies of Islam. This has encouraged speculation, particularly referring to Afghanistan, spreading the belief that ...



China again dismisses reports of military patrols in Afghanistan - Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia

China again dismisses reports of military patrols in Afghanistan
Channel NewsAsia
BEIJING: China's defence ministry on Thursday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, saying the two countries were only carrying out counter-terrorism operations along their common border. This month, the ...

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Afghanistan Shouldn't Start Counting TAPI Revenue Just Yet - The Diplomat

The Diplomat

Afghanistan Shouldn't Start Counting TAPI Revenue Just Yet
The Diplomat
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline (TAPI) is a grand idea to bring gas from Turkmenistan — which has ample supply — to South Asia — which has immense demand. In between is Afghanistan, a war-torn country which stands to make ...

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Afghanistan: Grenade attack kills 11 members of Afghan family - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Afghanistan: Grenade attack kills 11 members of Afghan family
Hindustan Times
Afghanistan: Grenade attack kills 11 members of Afghan family. world Updated: Feb 21, 2017 00:51 IST. AFP Jalalabad. Afghanistan. Eleven members of an Afghan family, including women and children, were killed in a grenade attack on their home in the ...

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