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
Afghanistan - Timeline - BBC

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These are Afghanistan's best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to ... - Los Angeles Times

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These are Afghanistan's best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to ...
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A $200 million plan would nearly double the size of Afghanistan's widely praised — and heavily overworked — army and police special operations forces.

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Zohra: Inspiring sounds of music in war-torn Afghanistan - Livemint

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Zohra: Inspiring sounds of music in war-torn Afghanistan
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New Delhi: Little over five decades after the brave saga of the Von Trapp family surviving the loss of their homeland was immortalized in the American musical drama Sound of Music, Zohra, an ensemble of women, youngest of whom is a teenager, from war ...



Pushing Islamic State From a Corner of Afghanistan - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Pushing Islamic State From a Corner of Afghanistan
Wall Street Journal (blog)
In Achin, Afghanistan, areas once controlled by Islamic State militants have been turned into corn and wheat fields, after a steady offense by elite Afghan units and U.S. special-operations troops. Photo: Michael M. Phillips/WSJ. Editor Picks. 1:44 Up ...



Ireland beat Afghanistan in final ODI to win series 2-1 - BBC Sport - BBC Sport

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French Fighters Appear With ISIS In Afghanistan - NDTV

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French Fighters Appear With ISIS In Afghanistan
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It is the first time that the presence of French ISIS fighters has been recorded in Afghanistan. World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: December 10, 2017 14:57 IST. 4 Shares. EMAIL. PRINT. COMMENTS. French Fighters Appear With ISIS In Afghanistan ...
French ISIS fighters move to Afghanistan after facing defeat in SyriaKhaama Press (press release) (blog)

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How Afghanistan Went From Hippie Haven To War Battleground - HuffPost

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How Afghanistan Went From Hippie Haven To War Battleground
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In this week's episode of KCRW's “Scheer Intelligence,” Robert Scheer talks to Jere Van Dyk, who has reported on Afghanistan since the 1970s and has written extensively about the nation's evolution from a hippie haven to a battleground for the war on ...



Afghan Government, Partners, Highlight the Results of Fortified Staple Food in Afghanistan [EN/Dari/PS] - ReliefWeb

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Afghan Government, Partners, Highlight the Results of Fortified Staple Food in Afghanistan [EN/Dari/PS]
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Kabul, Afghanistan - Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan released the implementation results of a two-year ...



Afghanistan calls for snapping ties with US - ANI News

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Afghanistan calls for snapping ties with US
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Ankara [Turkey], Dec 10 (ANI): The Afghan Parliament has called on the government and Muslim countries around the world to suspend ties with the United States over President Donald Trump's Jerusalem move. The lower house of the Parliament adopted a ...
Terrorist Groups Vow Bloodshed over Jerusalem Decision. ISIS? Less So.New York Times

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Taliban more trustworthy than Southern Response, Kiwi Afghanistan veteran claims - Stuff.co.nz

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Taliban more trustworthy than Southern Response, Kiwi Afghanistan veteran claims
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Rebecca Maddaford looks through her kitchen in her Richmond, Christchurch home. Her house has been contaminated with black mould and sealed off since 2014. Southern Response is less trustworthy than the Afghan Taliban, says a former United Nations ...

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Airman to Receive Silver Star Upgrade for Afghanistan Heroics - Military.com

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Airman to Receive Silver Star Upgrade for Afghanistan Heroics
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His upgrade comes as a result of a comprehensive Defense Department-wide review of awards from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even though the Air Force announced eight valor upgrades in totality this year, new evidence shed light on West's case ...