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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in South and Central Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast. Occupying 652,000 square kilometers, it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, mostly composed of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks. Human habitation in Afghanistan dates back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, and the country's strategic location along the Silk Road connected it to the cultures of the Middle East and other parts of Asia. The land has historically been home to various peoples and has witnessed numerous military campaigns, including those by Alexander the Great, Mauryas, Muslim Arabs, Mongols, British, Soviets, and by the United States with allied countries.


Looking at War Across 2,500 Years

The gap between expectation and reality drives a bitter new memoir by a former United States Army lieutenant. Erik Edstrom went to war in Afghanistan in 2009 pretty much as ...

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US on Track to Pull Troops From Afghanistan Despite Turmoil

The United States is on track to meet its commitment to the Taliban to withdraw several thousand...

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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 9 Troops in Eastern Afghanistan

A suicide bomber in a stolen military Humvee targeted a base in eastern Afghanistan belonging to the...

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The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at...

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All-Girl Robotics Team In Afghanistan Works On Low-Cost Ventilator ... With Car Parts

"I'm really proud of these young girls – [who are] feeling that they have to help their community,"...

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Afghanistan's two wars: Terrorism and coronavirus

Just like the world is currently dreaming of returning to normalcy after the pandemic, I dream of a new Afghanistan where people do not fear disease and...

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Reviving Afghan deal aim of visit

The first visit to Kabul by Washington's peace envoy since Afghanistan's squabbling political leadership reached a power-sharing agreement took place as...

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Recent Surge in Violence Blow to Afghan Peace, Experts Warn

A string of violence against civilian targets in Afghanistan this month has set off a debate over...

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