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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

Britain's Prince William (3rd L) and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch a traditional Maori Powhiri Ceremonial Welcome at Government House in Wellington April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit
Royals Visit: Insensitive, Racist Commentary Puts CNN Reporter in Hotseat, Apologises to New Zealand

By IBTimes AU

American journalist Jeanne Moos from CNN has apologised to the people of New Zealand after her report on the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge poked fun on the traditional greeting the locals gave to the royals upon their arrival. (Apr 16)

MORE TOPICS: KATE MIDDLETON

American Airlines-US Airways Merger
Teens Taunt American Airlines With More Fake Bomb Threats After Arrest of 14-Year-Old Original Dutch Bomb Hoaxer

By IBTimes AU

In a show of support to a 14-year-old Dutch girl who made a bomb threat joke to American Airlines, dozens of fellow teens are tweeting similar bomb jokes to the same air carrier. (Apr 16)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, AMERICAN AIRLINES, FBI

Boston Marathon Bombings: Dzhokhar and his brother (pictured) were not connected to any known terrorist groups, but were motivated by extremist Islamic beliefs. (Photo: Reuters)
Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary: Remembering Tragedy, Baffling Motives of Tsarnaev Brothers

By IBTimes IN

It's been a year since the tragic bombings rocked the finish line of Boston Marathon on 15 April. (Apr 15)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, IRAQ, JOE BIDEN, FBI

A fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra. (Reuters file)
Egypt Arrests Alleged "Terrorist" who Fought in Syria

By Reuters

Egypt has arrested a veteran of the Syrian civil war on suspicion of planning terrorist acts inside Egypt, the state news agency reported on Sunday. (Apr 14)

MORE TOPICS: ISRAEL, EGYPT

MH370 Passengers Alive? (Photo Reuters)
All Passengers of Missing Flight MH370 Alive? Russian Intelligence Claims Plane Hijacked by Terrorist Called ‘Hitch’, Landed in Afghanistan

By IBTimes IN

Russian intelligence sources have claimed that all passengers and crew members aboard the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 are alive and the plane was, hijacked and flown to Afghanistan. (Apr 11)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA

A woman places a lighted candle on a poster with messages expressing hope for passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 during a candlelight vigil in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur on 16 March, 2014.
MH370 Search: Aussie Chief Confirms Fifth Signal Not Related to Plane; Taliban Involvement, Cover-up Suspected

By IBTimes AU

The fifth signal detected by the Australian aircraft on April 10 was declared "unlikely to be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. (Apr 11)

MORE TOPICS: TONY ABBOTT, PAKISTAN

MH370: All Passengers Alive in Afghanistan - Intelligence Source

By IBTimes AU

Anonymous intelligence source has claimed the missing MH370 was held hostage in Afghanistan, as reported by MKRU.com. (Apr 11)

MORE TOPICS: IPHONE, IBM, PAKISTAN

Canadian Army Veteran Faces Sexual Assault Charges

By IBTimes AU

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service announced on Thursday, April 10, that Master Warrant Officer Douglas Pettie, who is a vehicle technician at the Canadian Forces Base Shilo, was charged with sexual and physical assault. (Apr 11)

MORE TOPICS: COURT

Pro-Moscow Protesters Seize Arms, Declare Republic; Kiev Fears Invasion
Separatists in East Ukraine Call on Putin for Help, Kiev Warns of Force

By Reuters

Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Wednesday and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore order. (Apr 10)

MORE TOPICS: RUSSIA, UKRAINE

Frontrunner in Afghan Vote Rules out Coalition Government
Frontrunner in Afghan Vote Rules out Coalition Government

By Reuters

A frontrunner to succeed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's president voiced the possibility of teaming up with a rival on Wednesday but ruled out forming a coalition government in order to avoid a second-round runoff. (Apr 10)