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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Breaking the stalemate in Afghanistan: How internal and external forces can help end this deadlock - Firstpost

Firstpost

Breaking the stalemate in Afghanistan: How internal and external forces can help end this deadlock
Firstpost
In February, General John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Afghanistan is in a "stalemate". A host of internal and external factors have contributed to this stalemate. The Afghan government's own ...
Pakistan harbouring terrorists in Afghanistan: US intel officialsEconomic Times
US must rethink strategy in Afghanistan as Daish infiltrates South Asia - expertAstro Awani
Pakistan harbouring terrorists in Afghanistan to counter Indian influence: Top US OfficialAll India Radio

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Trump Administration Is Split on Adding Troops in Afghanistan - The ... - New York Times

New York Times

Trump Administration Is Split on Adding Troops in Afghanistan - The ...
New York Times
United States Army soldiers from the Second Battalion, 87th Infantry oversaw training of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army at Camp Bastion in ...
As Trump weighs more troops in Afghanistan, some in Congress ...Military Times
In Afghanistan, a Conflict With No Time LimitSTRATFOR
NATO Chief Urges Russia To Support Afghan Peace ProcessTOLOnews
Secrecy News (blog)
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5 Strategic Priorities in Afghanistan That Donald Trump Should Consider Before the NATO Summit - The Diplomat

The Diplomat

5 Strategic Priorities in Afghanistan That Donald Trump Should Consider Before the NATO Summit
The Diplomat
On the other hand, it will alert Islamabad, which has pushed international troops out of Afghanistan, that the U.S. will stay and remain a close ally of Kabul. An increase of troops would also help both Kabul and Washington manage moves by regional ...
America's Afghanistan Problem: It's Not Just about Sending More ...The National Interest Online
Taliban claims 10 lives in AfghanistaniAfrica.com
US Policy in Afghanistan: Changing Strategies, Preserving GainsCarnegie Endowment for International Peace
Times of India -Washington Post -TIME
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This Marine Corps veteran has sent 3000 packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq - Marine Corps Times

Marine Corps Times

This Marine Corps veteran has sent 3000 packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq
Marine Corps Times
Back in 2009, Marine Corps veteran Donald Downer Jr. started sending care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Last Friday, he sent his 3,000th care package, this one addressed to Capt. John Lefebvre who is currently serving in Afghanistan ...



Afghanistan's beautiful 'Green Zone' offers emeralds, peace - Fox News

Fox News

Afghanistan's beautiful 'Green Zone' offers emeralds, peace
Fox News
PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan -- It has been dubbed Afghanistan's Green Zone: A pocket of paradise amid the bloody, conflict-ravaged country -- both a hidden gem and full of gems. Specifically, they are world-class emeralds seemingly just waiting to be ...



NATO leaders to share views on Afghanistan - Pajhwok Afghan News (subscription) (blog)

Pajhwok Afghan News (subscription) (blog)

NATO leaders to share views on Afghanistan
Pajhwok Afghan News (subscription) (blog)
Daniele Riggio, press officer at NATO headquarters in Brussels, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Afghanistan would not be on the agenda. However, he said the leaders were expected to share views on Afghanistan within the framework of the two agenda ...



China pushing for stability in Afghanistan to meet its own ends - Asian Correspondent

Asian Correspondent

China pushing for stability in Afghanistan to meet its own ends
Asian Correspondent
RATHER than filling the void of the United States, China is trying to play a constructive role in Afghanistan to enhance domestic security. After all, instability in Afghanistan fuels the ambitions, capabilities, and impacts of terrorist organisations ...

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Sopko Says 'US Has Wasted A Lot Of Money In Afghanistan' - TOLOnews

TOLOnews

Sopko Says 'US Has Wasted A Lot Of Money In Afghanistan'
TOLOnews
Speaking to the Washington Journal, which provides a forum for lawmakers and journalists to discuss key topics surrounding today's legislation, Sopko said: “We have wasted a lot of money in Afghanistan.” He said security and corruption were both big ...



Manchester, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan - USA TODAY

Manchester, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan
USA TODAY
Witnesses to Monday night's horrific attack in Manchester, England, described the confusion, the smoke, the blood splattered all over the floor. After a suicide bomber detonated his device following a concert, people mentioned the empty shoes: Blasts ...



US soldier in Afghanistan: A day in the life of one American fighter - Fox News

Fox News

US soldier in Afghanistan: A day in the life of one American fighter
Fox News
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Jared Auchey, Virginia-born and raised on a sequence of Air Force bases, was just 18 years old when he joined the U.S Army Reserve in 1999. Five years later, after graduating from Penn State University, his first assignment with ...