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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Relatives of freed Afghanistan hostage say he and family deeply traumatised - The Guardian

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Relatives of freed Afghanistan hostage say he and family deeply traumatised
The Guardian
The family of the Canadian man freed with his wife and three children five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan have implored media to consider the trauma suffered by the family, noting that Joshua Boyle – the only member of the family to ...
American woman held hostage in Afghanistan rushed to hospital days after being freedVICE News
Former American hostage freed from Afghanistan rushed to hospitalChicago Tribune
Caitlan Coleman, wife of Canadian hostage freed from Afghanistan, admitted to hospitalGlobalnews.ca
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UN strongly condemns terrorist attacks across Afghanistan - UN News Centre

UN News Centre

UN strongly condemns terrorist attacks across Afghanistan
UN News Centre
18 October 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned yesterday's attacks in Afghanistan's Paktya and Ghazni provinces, which left many dead and injured. “He extends his deepest condolences to ...
Pakistan, Afghanistan in Angry Tangle Over Chicken-Wire Border ...U.S. News & World Report
Trump wants to plunder Afghanistan for its vast mineral wealthSalon
UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in AfghanistanBusiness Standard
Pajhwok Afghan News (blog) -Anadolu Agency -Center for Research on Globalization (blog)
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India a partner for peace in Afghanistan, says Tillerson - Pajhwok Afghan News (blog)

Pajhwok Afghan News (blog)

India a partner for peace in Afghanistan, says Tillerson
Pajhwok Afghan News (blog)
“As we implement President Trump's new South Asia strategy, we will turn to our partners to ensure greater stability in Afghanistan and throughout the region. India is a partner for peace in Afghanistan and we welcome their assistance efforts ...
US Wants India To Help In Development Of Afghanistan, Fight Against Pakistan Sponsored TerrorIndiatimes.com

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Cruel Donald Trump made promise to dad of murdered Afghanistan hero and didn't keep it - Mirror.co.uk

Mirror.co.uk

Cruel Donald Trump made promise to dad of murdered Afghanistan hero and didn't keep it
Mirror.co.uk
Donald Trump promised the dad of a soldier killed in Afghanistan he would personally send him $25,000 - but the cheque never arrived. Army Sergeant Dillon Baldridge, 22, was shot dead alongside two other American soldiers on June 10 by an Afghan ...
Trump offered a grieving military father $25000 in a phone callWashington Post
President Trump gifts $25000 to Zebulon father of fallen soldierWTVD-TV
President Trump gifts $25000 to North Carolina father of fallen soldierKGO-TV

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Taliban Launch Wave of Attacks in Afghanistan, Killing 74 - NBCNews.com

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Taliban Launch Wave of Attacks in Afghanistan, Killing 74
NBCNews.com
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people, officials said.
Taliban attacks across Afghanistan leave 74 dead, hundreds woundedLos Angeles Times
At Least 69 Killed in Taliban Attacks Across AfghanistanThe Wire
Afghanistan Taliban twin attacks kill dozens - BBC News - BBC.comBBC News
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Germany approves extension of Afghanistan, Mali deployments - Seattle Times

Toronto Star

Germany approves extension of Afghanistan, Mali deployments
Seattle Times
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has approved extending Germany's military deployments in Afghanistan, Mali and several other nations — but only for three months as she seeks to form a new government. The dpa news agency reported ...
Germany approves 3-month extension of military deployments to Afghanistan and elsewhereRT

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Afghanistan Ranks Among the Worst Places for Girls to Get an Education - Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)

Afghanistan Ranks Among the Worst Places for Girls to Get an Education
Foreign Policy (blog)
Their new report ranks the 10 worst nations in the world for girls to get an education. Nine of those are in Africa. The other? Afghanistan — a place where the United States has poured massive funds for education since overthrowing the Taliban there ...

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India ready to support Afghanistan in all areas: envoy - Pajhwok Afghan News (blog)

Pajhwok Afghan News (blog)

India ready to support Afghanistan in all areas: envoy
Pajhwok Afghan News (blog)
Sami said: “Our friendly country India has always proved in action its support to Afghanistan's development and has contributed generously to the progress of our country.” He said the clinic would resolve heath related problems of the people of ...



McCain blocks Defense nominees to get Afghanistan war info - Virginian-Pilot

Virginian-Pilot

McCain blocks Defense nominees to get Afghanistan war info
Virginian-Pilot
Trump in August outlined in broad strokes his plan for Afghanistan, declaring that American troops would "fight to win" by attacking enemies, "crushing" al-Qaida and preventing terrorist attacks against Americans. As part of the plan, the Pentagon is ...
John McCain says he'll block Trump's defence nominees until he gets more details on Afghanistan planThe Independent
Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony – John McCain – MediumMedium

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ISIS in Afghanistan is US tool to cause trouble in whole region – ex-Afghan President Karzai to RT - RT

RT

ISIS in Afghanistan is US tool to cause trouble in whole region – ex-Afghan President Karzai to RT
RT
“There's a lot of evidence, unfortunately, that shows that these extremist forces are supplied from the foreign bases within Afghanistan,” Karzai said. “The question is, 'Why? For what reason?' And if it is continuing, if it doesn't stop, of course the ...

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