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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

Sharia Law Slammed, Mullah Gets 20-year Rape Sentence And No Honour Killing For The Child

By IBTimes AU

An Afghanistan Mullah is sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping a 10-year-old child. (Oct 27)

MORE TOPICS: COURT

Shi'ite Muslim men from the ethnic Hazara minority mourn beside the coffins of their relatives
Gunmen in Pakistan Kill Six People from Shiite Minority

By IBTimes AU

Multiple attacks in Quetta killed 12 people on Thursday. (Oct 24)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, PAKISTAN

Special Forces Soldier, Spy, Handgun, Drinking Session, Afghanistan – Dangerous Combination

By IBTimes AU

Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Dr Vivienne Thom, revealed an alarming incident involving a special forces soldier and an Australian spy (Oct 21)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, SOMALIA, RWANDA

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a news conference
New Zealand SAS Training Of Iraqi Forces 'Possible'; John Key May Follow Tony Abbott

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand may possibly send its SAS to train and advise Iraqi forces following Australia's lead. (Oct 21)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, AUSTRALIA, TONY ABBOTT, BARACK OBAMA

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. (Oct 20)

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