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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

Headlines Around the Web

Hagel lands in Kabul amid chaos

Dec 07, 2013 - Politico

Our good war turns bad

Dec 04, 2013 - Politico

Iran breakthrough deserves a chance

Nov 25, 2013 - Financial Times

Russian helicopters at issue

Nov 18, 2013 - Politico

Clinton: 'Turning point' for women

Nov 16, 2013 - Politico

Pakistani Taliban confirm leader died

Nov 02, 2013 - Politico

An investment worth making

Nov 01, 2013 - Politico

DoD issues shutdown guidance

Sep 28, 2013 - Politico

W.H.: Kerry did not gaffe

Sep 10, 2013 - Politico

An update on a forgotten war

Sep 05, 2013 - Politico

Afghanistan seeks bids to privatize troubled bank

Sep 04, 2013 - New Zealand Herald

Obama presents Medal of Honor

Aug 27, 2013 - Politico

Schumer praises Obama drone war

Aug 07, 2013 - Politico

Articles About Afghanistan

Australia's first C-27J Spartan, aircraft A34-001, lifts off during its maiden flight since being handed over to the Royal Australian Air Force. Mid-Caption
Australian F-35 Lighting Jet Lands At Luke Air Force

By IBTimes AU

The first Australian F-35 arrives at Luke Air Force for pilot training (12:02 am)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as he takes up position in an area overlooking Baretle village (background), which is controlled by the Islamic State, in Khazir, on the edge of Mosul September 8, 2014. The Kurdish f
ISIS Unbeatable By Air Strikes Alone – 1st Western Journalist That ISIS Allowed Inside Its Turf

By IBTimes AU

As ISIS sets out to "conquer the world," it will eradicate all other religions that what will be left will only be the Jews and Christians, described as the original "people of the book. (3:36 pm)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, GERMANY, TWITTER, FACEBOOK

Afghanistan
Revealed: Pentagon’s ‘Imprudent Spending’ On Afghans Gem Industry

By IBTimes AU

Pentagon had sent Afghan jewellers to expensive travels abroad. (Dec 17)

MORE TOPICS: INDIA, AGING, INVESTMENT

Members of the Australian Muslim community place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe
Muslims Consider Holocaust, 9/11 & Bali Bombings As ‘Acts of God,’ Sydney Gunman’s Wife Claims [Video]

By IBTimes AU

Amirah Droudis, the wife of the gunman responsible for the Sydney siege, called herself a terrorist in a video. (Dec 17)

Paramedics remove an injured woman on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being hel
Iran Condemns Sydney Siege

By IBTimes AU

Iran says Australia knew of gunman Man Haron Monis’ mental state. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, RELIGION, TONY ABBOTT

A detainee is carried by military police after being interrogated by officials at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002.
2,000 Photos Depicting US Troops’ Abuse & Sexual Humiliation Of Prisoners In Iraq & Afghanistan Set For Release On Friday

By IBTimes AU

If the world was shocked by the report of the Senate on how the CIA tortured suspects in the 9/11 attack, people should brace for a stronger jolt as a federal judge in the U.S. is set to authorise the release on Friday of 2,000 photos that would further place the military is a bad light. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, IRAQ, COURT, WHITE HOUSE, NEW YORK, CUBA

Aussie Grandmother Facing Death Penalty For Drug Trafficking In Malaysia

By IBTimes AU

The old Australian woman is facing the gallows in Malaysia. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, COURT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) gestures between Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (L) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) before a hearing on "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL" on Capitol H
US Seeks Expanded, Greater Military Powers Vs ISIS, Tells Congress Not To Limit Potential Response

By IBTimes AU

The United States wants an open-ended authorisation of war against the ISIS. (Dec 11)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, IRAQ, WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS

Abbas Alizada, who calls himself the Afghan Bruce Lee, poses for the media in Kabul December 9, 2014. From the ruins of an iconic bombed-out palace above Kabul, the young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kickin
Viral Video: Bruce Lee Lookalike In Afghanistan Attracts Social Media Attention

By IBTimes AU

A 20-year-old Afghan, Abbas Alizada, is attracting social media attention because of his physical resemblance to 1970s Kung Fu actor Bruce Lee. But he is more than a lookalike because Alizada could also move like Lee who starred in the blockbuster 1970s movie Enter the Dragon. (Dec 11)

MORE TOPICS: FACEBOOK, HOLLYWOOD

Islamic State In Iraq And The Levant (ISIL) Fighters
Airport Blunder Exposes Sydney Teen Joining ISIS

By IBTimes AU

Sydney teen joining ISIS was caught using his brother’s passport (Dec 10)

MORE TOPICS: DUBAI, COURT, AUSTRALIA