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Afghanistan formally the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in South Asia and Central Asia. It's a population of around 31 million people, making it the 42nd most populous nation on the planet. It's bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west; Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and China in the far northeast. Its land covers 652,000 km2 (252,000 sq mi), making it the 41st greatest nation in the world.

Human habitation in Afghanistan dates back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, as well as it was linked by the nation's strategic place along the Silk Road to the cultures of Central Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. Through the ages the land has been home by Western powers and seen many military campaigns by Alexander the Great, Arab Muslims, Genghis Khan, and in the modern era to various individuals. The land also functioned as a source from which others, and the Shinwaris, Kushans, Hephthalites, Samanids, Ghaznavids, Ghorids, Khiljis, Mughals, Durranis have risen to form important conglomerates.

In 2010, US and Afghan government officials estimated that untapped mineral deposits are worth between $900 bn and $3 trillion.

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The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in the first half of this year has increased by 1 percent, compared t… ABC News (Sun Jul 15)
At least seven people were killed and more than 15 wounded after a Kabul, Afghanistan, suicide attack, official say… CNN Breaking News (Sun Jul 15)
There was once about 250,000 Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan. Today, only 1,400 remain in the whole Foreign Policy (Tue Jul 10)
'We cannot live here': Afghanistan's Sikhs weigh future after suicide bombing Reuters Top News (Mon Jul 02)
Car bomb kills 20 during Eid ceasefire in east Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Sat Jun 16)
Taliban fighters killed the governor of Afghanistan's Kohistan province despite the start of a ceasefire with the g… Al Jazeera News (Wed Jun 13)
Afghanistan launches new electronic ID cards amid row over ethnic politics RT (Thu May 03)
A veteran badly injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is recovering from the first-ever transplant of a penis a… NBC News (Tue Apr 24)
After two tours in Afghanistan, a U.S. Army vet has been deported to Mexico—a decision one lawmaker says "is based… ABC News (Mon Mar 26)
Federal authorities have deported a military veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan but was later convicted of… NBC News (Mon Mar 26)
Veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan is deported to Mexico NBC News (Mon Mar 26)
Large explosion causes casualties in Afghanistan's capital, police say. The Associated Press (Fri Mar 02)
Afghanistan: At least 24 killed, incl. 20 soldiers, in string of deadly attacks RT (Sat Feb 24)
‘Talks with Taliban better than continuing slaughter in Afghanistan’ - @davidcnswanson to RT RT (Fri Feb 16)
‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017 The Guardian (Fri Feb 16)
UN report details shocking civilian death toll in Afghanistan RT (Thu Feb 15)
The number of civilians killed and wounded in the war in Afghanistan declined last year, but the number of U.S.-led… CBS News (Thu Feb 15)
"Someone who can lead multi-ethnic Afghanistan towards much-needed civic nationalism and transform the country's im… Al Jazeera English (Mon Feb 05)
US redeploying forces from Iraq to Afghanistan Fox News (Mon Feb 05)
After defeat of ISIS, US redeploying forces from Iraq to Afghanistan via @LukasMikelionis Fox News (Mon Feb 05)
A short history of Life - Afghanistan's lost magazine BBC News (World) (Sat Feb 03)
The Afghanistan war has gotten so bad for the U.S., but the Trump administration is hiding more data… Newsweek (Fri Feb 02)
Many veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars aren't getting the mental health care they need, a new in… CNN (Thu Feb 01)
The Afghanistan war has gotten so bad for the U.S., but the Trump administration is hiding more data… Newsweek (Wed Jan 31)
War and peace strategies leave Afghanistan in a deadly muddle FRANCE 24 English (Wed Jan 31)
A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing a young girl and injuring 15 others, of… USA TODAY (Wed Jan 31)
Taliban active in 70 percent of Afghanistan, BBC study finds Reuters Top News (Wed Jan 31)
Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' BBC investigation finds BBC News (World) (Tue Jan 30)
Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds BBC News (World) (Tue Jan 30)
The Taliban strengthened its hold over Afghanistan in the second half of last year, according to new US military da… CNN International (Tue Jan 30)
Afghanistan military school under attack, reports say Fox News (Mon Jan 29)
Afghanistan: explosions heard near Kabul military academy - reports The Guardian (Mon Jan 29)
The carnage in Kabul adds to US challenges in Afghanistan CNN (Mon Jan 29)
Video shows aftermath of ambulance car-bombing that killed more than 100 people in Afghanistan's capital on Saturda… ABC News (Mon Jan 29)
Afghanistan in mourning after ambulance bombing in Kabul leaves 103 dead The Globe and Mail (Sun Jan 28)
Dozens of people were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, after explosives hidden in an ambulance were detonate… NBC News (Sat Jan 27)
At least 95 people dead, 158 wounded in Kabul, Afghanistan, car bombing USA TODAY (Sat Jan 27)
At least 95 people were killed and 158 people injured by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan.… NBC News (Sat Jan 27)
'Now is not the time': violence forces refugees to flee Afghanistan again The Guardian (Thu Jan 25)
Four gunmen stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in Afghanistan, killing at least five people and… NBC News (Thu Jan 25)
Islamic State attacks Save the Children charity in Afghanistan Washington Post (Wed Jan 24)
Gunmen attack offices of Save the Children in Afghanistan, leaving two dead National Post (Wed Jan 24)
UPDATED: Insurgents attack children's group in Afghanistan, 2 dead CTV News (Wed Jan 24)
Militants storm Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Wed Jan 24)
Militants storm Save the Children aid group office in Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Wed Jan 24)
At least 11 people were injured in a suicide bombing outside a Save the Children office in eastern Afghanistan, a g… CNN (Wed Jan 24)
Afghanistan: explosion and gunfire outside Save the Children office in Jalalabad The Guardian (Wed Jan 24)
Save the Children's office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, is under attack by gunmen - at least 11 people injured BBC Breaking News (Wed Jan 24)
Corruption at 13,000 feet: Afghanistan struggles to maintain a treacherous mountain trade route Washington Post (Mon Jan 22)
Afghanistan hotel siege ends after 13 hours; at least 18 dead The Globe and Mail (Sun Jan 21)
FOCUS - Video: Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra braves Taliban threat FRANCE 24 English (Wed Jan 10)
The many winding paths of Joshua Boyle: His harrowing ordeal — taking his wife backpacking through Afghanistan wher… National Post (Sat Jan 06)
[email protected] has identified Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, who died on New Year’s Day in Afghanistan from injuries he sus… Fox News (Thu Jan 04)
A Canadian man who was held hostage with his family in Afghanistan for 5 years has been arrested. He faces 15 crimi… The New York Times (Wed Jan 03)
A Canadian man who was held hostage with his family in Afghanistan for 5 years has been arrested. He faces 15 crimi… The New York Times (Wed Jan 03)
The first American soldier killed in combat in 2018 was serving in Afghanistan. Four other U.S. soldiers were wound… CBS News (Wed Jan 03)
Joshua Boyle, former Canadian hostage in Afghanistan, faces 15 charges, including sexual assault USA TODAY (Wed Jan 03)
Canadian man recently freed with his American wife and children after years being held hostage in Afghanistan has b… CBS News (Wed Jan 03)
"Trump is disappointed at the US defeat in Afghanistan and that is the only reason he is flinging accusations at Pa… Al Jazeera English (Tue Jan 02)
U.S. service member killed, four injured in Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Tue Jan 02)
US service member killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, military says. Four others were woun… CNN Breaking News (Tue Jan 02)
One US service member killed, four others wounded during combat engagement in Afghanistan on Monday, US military sa… CNN (Tue Jan 02)
ISIS claims responsibility for a string of deadly explosions in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. At least 41 people we… CBS News (Thu Dec 28)
As the year comes to a close, the Islamic State is far from being vanquished in eastern Afghanistan The New York Times (Mon Dec 25)
$9.7mn in property lost in Afghanistan – Pentagon’s watchdog RT (Mon Dec 25)
Afghanistan: At least five killed in Kabul as ISIL bomber targets spy agency Al Jazeera News (Mon Dec 25)
Afghanistan's Bamiyan province starts tourism revival with national park NBC News (Sun Dec 24)
Russian foreign ministry: Moscow ready to cooperate with U.S. on Afghanistan - RIA Reuters Top News (Sat Dec 23)
Russian foreign ministry: Moscow ready to cooperate with U.S. on Afghanistan - RIA Reuters Top News (Sat Dec 23)
Pence visits Afghanistan, says U.S. will 'see this through' Reuters Top News (Fri Dec 22)
During a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday, @VP MikePence told U.S. troops that @POTUS "will never allow bure… Fox News (Fri Dec 22)
Mike Pence makes surprise trip to Afghanistan and visits U.S. troops TIME (Thu Dec 21)
‘Israel granted Palestinians a state in Gaza, they turned it into Afghanistan’ – education minister RT (Tue Dec 19)
A district in southern Afghanistan that is largely controlled by the Taliban has the sad distinction of being the p… The New York Times (Tue Dec 19)
“The resistance that will occur inside North Korea will make Iraq and Afghanistan pale in comparison,” one expert s… USA TODAY (Sat Dec 16)
[email protected] Sgt. Shawn Sullivan, who has been away from his family for 11 months, nine of them in Afghanistan, surpris… Fox News (Wed Dec 13)
Frank Castle’s tragedy has deep roots, dating back to his time as a Special Forces operative in Afghanistan The Economist (Mon Dec 11)
French fighters appear with Islamic State in Afghanistan FRANCE 24 English (Sun Dec 10)
He was forced to blow up Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas. Should they be rebuilt? NBC News (Wed Nov 29)
Afghanistan - 15,298 (Pentagon: 14,000) Syria - 1,720 (Pentagon: 503) Iraq - 8,992 (Pentagon: 5,262) RT (Tue Nov 28)
3,043 people were killed or injured by IEDs in 1,143 incidents in Afghanistan between the beginning of April and th… Foreign Policy (Mon Nov 27)
Former New Democrat MP intends to ask International Criminal Court to investigate Canada's conduct in Afghanistan h… CBC News Alerts (Mon Nov 27)
ISIS beheads 15 of its own fighters in Afghanistan, separate terror attack kills at least 8 Fox News (Thu Nov 23)
ISIS is beheading its own fighters in Afghanistan, according to officials Newsweek (Thu Nov 23)
As John P. Walters and David W. Murray see it: It's simple. Crush the booming heroin trade in Afghanistan or lose t… Foreign Policy (Thu Nov 23)
US increases the number of its airstrikes in Afghanistan as ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria winds down… CNN International (Tue Nov 21)
A spokesman for the Taliban says Trump's new Afghanistan policies are helping the extremist group… Newsweek (Tue Nov 21)
The US conducted airstrikes targeting opium processing labs in Afghanistan CNN (Mon Nov 20)
‘Is that why Americans are fighting and risking their lives in Afghanistan – to make the world safe for pedophilia?… RT (Sat Nov 18)
Afghanistan war crimes probe a sham and cover-up for US (Op-Edge by Finian Cunningham) RT (Thu Nov 16)
US veteran Adrian Bonenberger was deployed to Afghanistan twice. His PTSD is only one remnant of the war he witness… Al Jazeera English (Wed Nov 15)
U.S. wants to build "tsunami of air power" in Afghanistan, but impact is years away Washington Post (Sun Nov 12)
Afghanistan to Cambridge BBC News (World) (Sun Nov 12)
NATO to agree to send more troops to Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Tue Nov 07)
UPDATE: Gunmen 'storm Shamshad TV' in Afghanistan's Kabul - 1 security guard killed - No claim of responsibility… Al Jazeera English (Tue Nov 07)
Today a judge ruled Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would not go to prison for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009… NBC News (Fri Nov 03)
Bowe Bergdahl won’t serve time in prison for deserting his base in Afghanistan. He will be dishonorably discharged. The New York Times (Fri Nov 03)
Afghanistan war report shows historic losses, but U.S. hides death toll Newsweek (Wed Nov 01)
Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash NBC News (Mon Oct 30)
Month of Marathons: Marine sergeant who lost both legs in Afghanistan is running 26.2 miles in 31 cities in 31 days… ABC News (Mon Oct 30)
US wants Pakistan to establish military presence in Afghanistan but won’t pay the cost – fmr intelligence chief… RT (Thu Oct 26)
Why were a fire alarm and a clock removed from a photo of a meeting between Tillerson and Afghanistan's president?… The New York Times (Tue Oct 24)
CIA reportedly expands campaign to hunt, kill Taliban in Afghanistan Fox News (Mon Oct 23)
The CIA’s expanded role will mean more of the U.S.’s combat role in Afghanistan will be hidden from public view The New York Times (Sun Oct 22)
At least 63 people killed and dozens more wounded in two separate attacks at Shia mosques in Afghanistan… Al Jazeera English (Fri Oct 20)
Kelly: "Hours after my son was killed, his friends we're calling us from Afghanistan...those are the only phone cal… ABC News (Thu Oct 19)
Pakistan Taliban leader 'killed by drone' in Afghanistan BBC News (World) (Thu Oct 19)
Trump: 'Ask General Kelly' if Obama called after son died in Afghanistan The Guardian (Tue Oct 17)
At least 41 people killed in an hours-long, multipronged attack at a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan… CNN International (Tue Oct 17)
Taliban attacks kill at least 69 across Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Tue Oct 17)
Former hostage Joshua Boyle says Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter & raped his American wif… CBS News (Sat Oct 14)
BREAKING: After 5 years held hostage in Afghanistan, family -- Canadian man, US woman, kids -- arrive in Toronto… ABC News (Sat Oct 14)
UPDATED STORY: Canadian man and family held captive for years in Afghanistan arrive in Toronto. CBC News Alerts (Sat Oct 14)
Parents of freed hostage angry at Canadian for 'unconscionable' decision to take family to Afghanistan… National Post (Fri Oct 13)
Corker slams Trump, and generals promise victory in Afghanistan, again. Today's Situation Report: Foreign Policy (Mon Oct 09)
The Air Force may soon deploy new light attack aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan. Foreign Policy (Wed Oct 04)
Afghanistan: Civilians armed to protect mosques during Ashoura Al Jazeera News (Sun Oct 01)
Mattis visits Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul BBC News (World) (Wed Sep 27)
US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives in Kabul for first visit since Trump announced new Afghanistan strategy… CNN International (Wed Sep 27)
US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives in Kabul for first visit since Trump announced new Afghanistan strategy… CNN International (Wed Sep 27)
Mattis seeks Indian role in Afghanistan, vows to fight militant shelters Reuters Top News (Tue Sep 26)
Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded Reuters Top News (Sun Sep 24)
Suicide bomber targeted NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan – media RT (Sun Sep 24)
Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’ RT (Sun Sep 24)
From the magazine: Afghanistan's rawest province is a gateway for Afghans forced to find livelihood elsewhere. Foreign Policy (Sun Sep 24)
US lacked 'whole government approach' to Afghanistan as security forces struggle to prevent Taliban advances, repor… Al Jazeera English (Fri Sep 22)
U.S. troops ship out for Afghanistan. Today's Situation Report: Foreign Policy (Thu Sep 21)
‘US strategy in Afghanistan not to win the war, but to not lose’ (Op-Edge) RT (Wed Sep 20)
‘US strategy in Afghanistan not to win the war, but to not lose’ (Op-Edge) RT (Wed Sep 20)
Defense Secretary James Mattis says more than 3,000 additional troops will deploy to Afghanistan… CBS News (Mon Sep 18)
From @CTVW5 : A wounded veteran returns to Afghanistan CTV News (Mon Sep 18)
Asylum seeker deported illegally to Afghanistan is returned to UK The Guardian (Mon Sep 18)
Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents FRANCE 24 English (Sun Sep 17)
Podcast: Inside Afghanistan’s most dangerous corner. Foreign Policy (Sat Sep 16)
The CIA is pushing for expanded powers to carry out its own drone strikes in Afghanistan and other war zones The New York Times (Fri Sep 15)
Despite risks, Trump is moving forward with his plan to boost mining in Afghanistan. Foreign Policy (Fri Sep 15)
Army veteran who lost all 4 limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan names newborn son after medics who saved his life. The Associated Press (Wed Sep 13)
‘We are ready for jihad’: Protesters denounce ‘offensive’ US leaflets near Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan… RT (Tue Sep 12)
Red Cross staffer killed by polio patient in Afghanistan, officials say Fox News (Tue Sep 12)
Despite risks, Trump is moving forward with his plan to boost mining in Afghanistan. Foreign Policy (Tue Sep 12)
His family fled Afghanistan and settled in NYC in January. Last month he took the stage and sang in his native Dari. The New York Times (Mon Sep 11)
Suicide attack wounds US troops in Afghanistan on anniversary of 9/11 CNN (Mon Sep 11)
The Pentagon admits that there are thousands more troops in Afghanistan than it long claimed:… Foreign Policy (Wed Sep 06)
Coming clean — the Pentagon admits that there are thousands more troops in Afghanistan than it long claimed: Foreign Policy (Tue Sep 05)
What if Donald Trump's Afghanistan strategy could actually work? Foreign Policy (Mon Sep 04)
Exclusive: Despite risks, Trump is moving forward with his plan to boost mining in Afghanistan, @EliasGroll reports. Foreign Policy (Mon Sep 04)
Mattis signs orders for Afghanistan deployment. Today's situation report: Foreign Policy (Fri Sep 01)
Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Fri Sep 01)
Coming clean — the Pentagon admits that there are thousands more troops in Afghanistan than it long claimed: Foreign Policy (Fri Sep 01)
Pentagon begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan TIME (Thu Aug 31)