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Afghanistan

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country in South-Central Asia. It is variously described as being located within Central Asia, South Asia, or the Middle East. It is bordered by Iran in the west, Pakistan in the south and east, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast.

The geographic entity now known as Afghanistan has a very long history, and has been an ancient focal point of the Silk Road and migration. It is an important geostrategic location, connecting East and West Asia or the Middle East. The land has been a target of various invaders, as well as a source from which local powers invaded neighboring regions to form their own empires. Ahmad Shah Durrani created the Durrani Empire in 1747, which is considered the beginning of modern Afghanistan. Read More

Articles About Afghanistan

Asylum Seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran Cry as Indonesian Officers Force Them to Leave the Australian Vessel Hermia
Australia's 'No Way' Anti-Asylum Seeker Poster Sparks Outrage

By IBTimes AU

Australia's anti-immigration poster expected to be published in several languages has roused anger and disgust. The country is known for its tough immigration policies. (6:06 pm)

MORE TOPICS: PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA, SUDAN, HUMAN RIGHTS, COURT

An Islamic State In Iraq And The Levant (ISIL) Member Waves An ISIL Flag In Raqqa
ISIS Propaganda Video Featuring British Hostage John Cantlie Warns of 'Gulf War 3' [VIDEO]

By IBTimes AU

ISIS has released another propaganda video featuring British hostage John Cantlie who warned of an impending Gulf War 3 as coalition forces continue fighting ISIS with airstrikes. (Oct 17)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ

A Pair Of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles Fly Over Northern Iraq After Conducting Airstrikes In Syria
Australia Pays US For Every Bomb Dropped On ISIS; Ammunition Price Up To $650K

By IBTimes AU

Australia will be paying the United States for every bomb or missile it drops on ISIS in the Middle East. The RAAF is given access to U.S. ammunition as part of an agreement. (Oct 09)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, DUBAI, AUSTRALIA

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key After The General Election In Auckland
New Zealand PM John Key 'Jumps The Bandwagon' On ISIS War In Middle East

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has been cautioned to think about his plan of sending troops very carefully. He may just be "jumping the bandwagon" if he decides to get involved in the Middle East. (Oct 09)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IRAQ

Muslim Khaloar Abdarahim holds a placard which reads "Not in my name"
Tony Abbott Calls Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘Un-Islamic’ for Not Condemning IS Beheadings

By IBTimes AU

Aussie PM Tony Abbott labelled Hizb ut-Tahrir as ‘Un-Islamic.’ (Oct 09)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, TONY ABBOTT

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride Demonstrating Their Charge
80 Canadians Under Police Radar, Suspected ISIS Fighters

By IBTimes AU

At least 80 persons in Canada are being monitored by the police for suspected terrorist linkages with the ISIS. (Oct 09)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, HILLARY CLINTON, TWITTER, PAKISTAN

Travel Alert: DFAT Warns Of Kidnapping Threat Worldwide

By IBTimes AU

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had released travel advisory against kidnapping threat worldwide (Oct 07)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA, INDIA, EGYPT, MEXICO

Actor, writer and director Ben Affleck testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Ben Affleck & Bill Maher Get Involved In ‘Heated Debate’ Over Islam

By IBTimes AU

Ben Affleck called Bill Maher's comments on Islam "racist" on HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher.” (Oct 07)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, RELIGION

Man with rifle, machete arrested for threatening ex-President Bush
Former American President George Bush Faults Obama For ISIS Rise: Claims His Advice To Stay In Iraq Was Prudent And Right

By IBTimes AU

Republicans are trying to prove that they are strong willed and capable of tackling crises realistically. (Oct 03)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, GEORGE W. BUSH, WHITE HOUSE, RELIGION

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Make Way For Afghanistan’s New First Lady, A Breaker Of Taboo

By IBTimes AU

Rula Ghani, wife of newly elected Afghanistan president Ashrafi Ghani, is making her own name as Afghanistan’s first lady. (Sep 30)