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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

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Relatives gather beside the bodies of victims who were killed in yesterday's suicide bomb attack on the Wagah border, before funeral prayers in Lahore November 3, 2014.
Report Shows Why Global Terrorist Attack Killings Increased By 61% Last Year

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

The Institute for Economics and Peace has discovered that Boko Haram and Islamic State have caused most of the deaths last year. (Nov 19)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, IRAQ, ISRAEL, PAKISTAN, MEXICO, NIGERIA

A woman places her hand on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following Remembrance Day ceremonies
Remembrance Day 2014: Canada Rededicates National War Memorial

By IBTimes AU

Canada's National War Memorial was rededicated by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. (Nov 12)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

Britain's Prince Harry
Prince Harry Ready To Settle Down, Looking For A Suitable Army Wife—Report

By IBTimes AU

The most eligible Prince is reportedly looking for an Army wife to stand by him as he eyes a military promotion. (Nov 10)

MORE TOPICS: KATE MIDDLETON

U.S. Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS Hawaii is berthed at a dock at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, August 22, 2014. The U.S. navy said on Friday that the country was looking to increase the quality of the submarines deployed
Watch Out World: Russia Conducts Successful Test-Fire Of Long-Range Missile From Nuclear Submarine

By IBTimes AU

Russia conducted another successful test-firing of a long-range missile from a nuclear submarine. (Nov 06)

MORE TOPICS: RUSSIA

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Not To Send Combat Troops To Iraq: PM Mulls New Steps To Curb Terror Elements Within The Country

By IBTimes AU

When the big powers are not sending ground troops New Zealand is not expected to exceed the brief. (Nov 06)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ, AUSTRALIA

Britain
Prince Harry Maybe Deployed To Fight ISIS In Iraq As UK Ramps Up Its Support For Iraq Forces

By IBTimes AU

Prince Harry is very much qualified as an Apache pilot as UK mulls of sending the helicopters in Iraq. (Nov 06)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ

A Member Loyal To The Islamic State In Iraq And The Levant (ISIL) Waves An ISIL Flag In Raqqa.
New Zealand Advance Team Leaves For Iraq As John Key Reiterates 'No Combat' Role Against ISIS

By IBTimes AU

An advance team from New Zealand's Defence Forces have left for Iraq to check ahead for a possible role for Kiwi troops. (Nov 05)

MORE TOPICS: IRAQ

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