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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US Sends Fresh Troops to Afghanistan as Policy Debate Continues - New Delhi Times

New Delhi Times

US Sends Fresh Troops to Afghanistan as Policy Debate Continues
New Delhi Times
The Army is deploying about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan this week, but U.S. officials say the troop movement is not part of any increase in forces in the war zone. Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division began leaving Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Tuesday.
1500 Fort Bragg soldiers deploy to Afghanistan TuesdayWRAL.com
Families prepare as Fort Bragg soldiers depart for AfghanistanWTVD-TV
PHOTOS: Afghanistan DeploymentFayetteville Observer
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China to carry out shuttle diplomacy for Pakistan, Afghanistan - Economic Times

Economic Times

China to carry out shuttle diplomacy for Pakistan, Afghanistan
Economic Times
BEIJING: China today announced that it will launch "shuttle diplomacy" between Pakistan and Afghanistan to ease tensions between the two neighbours and promote the peace process in war-torn Afghanistan amidst a spurt in terror attacks in both the ...
China asks Pakistan to rein in terrorists in AfghanistanTimes of India
China, Pakistan, Afghanistan Agree To Maintain PeaceNDTV
Amidst Modi-Trump bonhomie, China planning to sideline India, US in AfghanistanDaily News & Analysis
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India, US Agree To Strengthen Ties For Peace In Afghanistan - TOLOnews

TOLOnews

India, US Agree To Strengthen Ties For Peace In Afghanistan
TOLOnews
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S President Donald Trump on Monday agreed to continue strengthening coordination for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan as they expressed concern over rising instability in the war-torn country. According to ...
Mission Afghanistan: As China engages in 'shuttle' diplomacy and US-Russia renew rivalry, India must bide its timeFirstpost
Trump thanks India for developmental programmes in AfghanistanOutlook India
India, US, Afghanistan & Pakistan: China tries diplomatic finesse ahead of Modi-Trump meetingYahoo India News
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'Guardian angels' protecting Australian soldiers in Afghanistan - Perth Now

Perth Now

'Guardian angels' protecting Australian soldiers in Afghanistan
Perth Now
In a video posted today, the so-called force protection element of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan showed how they train to protect themselves and the VIPs they chaperone around Kabul. In most interactions with Afghan troops, coalition forces now ...
As Afghanistan security deteriorates, anger against Pakistan rises: Herein lies an opportunity for IndiaFirstpost
Brookes: Pakistan key to stabilizing AfghanistanBoston Herald
Why it's time to reassess priorities in AfghanistanAl-Arabiya
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Hockey Hall of Fame installs rink boards from Kandahar, Afghanistan - Toronto Star

Toronto Star

Hockey Hall of Fame installs rink boards from Kandahar, Afghanistan
Toronto Star
A piece of hockey history, which helped prop up many a game at the Canadian Forces Airbase in Kandahar, Afghanistan, settled into its new home at the Hockey Hall of Fame Tuesday. A well weathered portion of the boards from the rink at the Kandahar ...

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Air India's new flight to Israel faces route hurdle over Pakistan ... - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Air India's new flight to Israel faces route hurdle over Pakistan ...
Hindustan Times
Isarel has expressed reservations about the flight route going over Pakistan and Afghanistan as the country faces restriction in West Asia.
Trump may ask India to send troops to AfghanistanHindu Business Line
Modi-Trump meet: New US strategy in Afghanistan will involve IndiaThe Northlines
India-Afghanistan ties do not hinge on PakThe Tribune
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Mattis lands in Germany as he finalizes his Afghanistan strategy - Washington Examiner

PJ Media

Mattis lands in Germany as he finalizes his Afghanistan strategy
Washington Examiner
AFGHANISTAN: Mattis will be in Brussels Thursday finding out what the other NATO nations are willing to bring to the fight. Meanwhile, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford is in Afghanistan making sure the government of Ashraf Ghani is on board ...
Mattis Crafting Strategy to 'Remove the Danger to the Afghan People and to Us'PJ Media
Dunford Visits Kabul As US Prepares To Announce New StrategyTOLOnews

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Air Corridor Important but We Will Not Give up Efforts for Rail-Road Connectivity: Afghan Ambassador - The Wire

The Wire

Air Corridor Important but We Will Not Give up Efforts for Rail-Road Connectivity: Afghan Ambassador
The Wire
Last week, India and Afghanistan established the first direct air freight corridor, with a flight from New Delhi to Kabul carrying 100 tonnes of cargo, mainly pharmaceuticals, water purifiers and medical equipment, marking its inauguration. There have ...

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Afghanistan capable of fighting terrorists: Iran Speaker - Outlook India

Afghanistan capable of fighting terrorists: Iran Speaker
Outlook India
tehran [Iran], June 28 : The Speaker of Iran's Parliament, Ali Larijani has said foreign troops in afghanistan are unnecessary, as the latter is capable of fighting terrorists on its own. Larijani made these remarks during a meeting with his Afghan ...

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Champagne, euphoria greet Afghanistan and Ireland's elevation to Test status - Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun

Champagne, euphoria greet Afghanistan and Ireland's elevation to Test status
Toronto Sun
Champagne flowed freely in Belfast. In Kabul where good news is rare in battle-torn Afghanistan, there was euphoria after learning that it had been granted Test status along with Ireland. The International Cricket Council, the governing body of the ...
Afghanistan colts ready to take the new-found Test status forwardFirstpost
5 reasons why Afghanistan deserve Test statusYahoo Cricket
Older members of the family need to support the newcomersThe Hindu
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