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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

U.S. President Barack Obama
9/11 Could Happen All Over Again, This Time Courtesy Of ISIS

By IBTimes AU

It's just a matter of time when the chaos and pain of Sept. 11, 2001 starts all over again. At least that's what a former director of the CIA said on the seemingly pruning and sprucing tirades between the U.S. (Aug 27)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, IRAQ, TWITTER, PAKISTAN, WHITE HOUSE, SMARTPHONE

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech at al-Shaab presidential palace in Damascus
Bring Syria’s Assad on Board, If You Want To Combat Islamic State Successfully: Russia Tells US

By IBTimes AU

Russia is keen to have a foothold in the Middle East with an ally in Syria (Aug 26)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, IRAQ, RUSSIA

Still Image From Undated Video Of A Masked Islamic State Militant Holding A Knife Speaking Next To Man Purported To Be James Foley At An Unknown Location
Seven More Journalists Believed To Be With The ISIS – CPJ

By IBTimes AU

The Committee to Protect Journalists believed that seven more identified journalists were abducted by the ISIS (Aug 22)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, ISRAEL, PAKISTAN, RUSSIA, INDIA, EGYPT

Still Image From Undated Video Of A Masked Islamic State Militant Holding A Knife Speaking Next To Man Purported To Be James Foley At An Unknown Location
Intelligence Agencies Hunt for James Foley Beheader Using Voice Recognition Technology, Journalist Was Warned by GlobalPost Editor Not to Go to Libya

By IBTimes AU

The British accent of the man who beheaded American journalist James Wright Foley is the key to tracking the terror group identified with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levants (ISIL). Intelligence agencies are trying to know the identity of the execu... (Aug 21)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, LIBYA, FBI

35 People Sealed Inside Container Includes 1-yr-old Child

By IBTimes AU

The 35 people found sealed inside a container includes children as young as 1-year-old (Aug 18)

Prince Harry
Prince Harry Announces Invictus Game, Celebrates 30th Birthday with Prince William & Kate Middleton

By IBTimes AU

Prince Harry, the ever popular royal, delivered his heartfelt speech and managed to crack some jokes as he joined organizers in the inauguration of Invictus Games on Wednesday, Aug. 13. A Paralympic-style sporting competition for wounded servicemen a... (Aug 14)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, KATE MIDDLETON, LONDON

Afghanistan's President Karzai Speaks During A News Conference In Colombo
Exposed: US Special Forces Neglects Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan

By IBTimes AU

A report from Amnesty International exposes U.S. Special Forces neglect of the civilians killed in military operations in Afghanistan (Aug 12)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, UNITED NATIONS

Prince Harry
Prince Harry Talks About Horrendous Sights He Witnessed During his Afghanistan Trips

By IBTimes AU

Writing for The Sunday Times, Prince Harry recalls the horrendous sight of young lads wrapped in plastic and missing limbs (Aug 12)

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Troubles at Home Cause Alcoholism in Returning National Guardsmen

By IBTimes AU

Experts from Columbia University have discovered that civilian stressors such as family breakdown, unemployment, money, and legal troubles cause National Guardsmen back from deployment to engage in alcohol abuse more than twice than their civilian counterparts, a report on Medical News Today said. (Aug 08)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, UNEMPLOYMENT, CALIFORNIA, ADDICTION, ALCOHOLISM

A boy holding a toy pistol stands a cage containing chickens for sale near the venue of an election campaign by Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Kunduz province
What We Know about Rafiqullah – Afghan Gunman Who Killed U.S. General

By IBTimes AU

The two-star officer was killed in random firing as Rafiqullah, the gunman who killed him, was shot dead as well. Here is what we know so far about the Afghan gunman. (Aug 07)