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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.

News about Afghanistan
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)
There is no war in Afghanistan, says @emile-simpson: Foreign Policy (Thu Aug 31)
BREAKING U.S. to send additional troops to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Mattis says USA TODAY (Thu Aug 31)
U.S. acknowledges more troops in Afghanistan than previously stated Reuters Top News (Thu Aug 31)
There is no war in Afghanistan, says @emile-simpson: Foreign Policy (Wed Aug 30)
Pentagon acknowledges thousands more than U.S. troops in Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Wed Aug 30)
Exclusive: Despite risks, Trump is moving forward with his plan to boost mining in Afghanistan, @EliasGroll reports. Foreign Policy (Wed Aug 30)
John Robson: Leaving Afghanistan will create problems. But it's our best option via @nationalpost National Post (Wed Aug 30)
Officials: Afghanistan's intel chief speaks by phone with Taliban leaders every day about country's political futur… ABC News (Wed Aug 30)
Exclusive: Despite risks, Trump is moving forward with his plan to boost mining in Afghanistan, @EliasGroll reports. Foreign Policy (Tue Aug 29)
Pakistan cancels senior US diplomat’s visit amid row over Trump’s Afghanistan remarks RT (Mon Aug 28)
Car bombing kills 13 in Afghanistan's Helmand province euronews (Mon Aug 28)
James Mattis now owns Trump's Afghanistan strategy | Opinion Newsweek (Sat Aug 26)
Afghanistan's Shi'ites call for protection after latest mosque attack Reuters Top News (Sat Aug 26)
This veteran wants America to awaken to realities of the Afghanistan War CNN International (Sat Aug 26)
National Post View: Canada should be open to a new mission in Afghanistan via @nationalpost National Post (Fri Aug 25)
In Afghanistan, Donald Trump has bowed to the advice of his generals The Economist (Fri Aug 25)
President Trump's Afghanistan strategy now rests on the shoulders of a general he doubted – and has never met The New York Times (Fri Aug 25)
[email protected] on Afghanistan: "[President Trump's] strategy is based on conditions on the ground, not arbitrary ti… Fox News (Thu Aug 24)
[email protected] on Afghanistan: "We are not doing this based on a timetable, but conditions on the ground."… Fox News (Thu Aug 24)
Pakistan issues strongly worded rebuttal to President Trump's "insinuations" about the country in Afghanistan speec… CNN International (Thu Aug 24)
Pakistan urges U.S. to tackle militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Thu Aug 24)
Top U.S. general says ISIS will be crushed in Afghanistan Newsweek (Thu Aug 24)
Trudeau says no plans to join U.S. missile defence, send troops to Afghanistan CTV News (Thu Aug 24)
"We will pursue an honorable and enduring outcome in Afghanistan," Pres. Trump says on new strategy… CBS News (Wed Aug 23)
Trevor Noah says Donald Trump's Afghanistan war strategy is like his position on Nazis: "It's unclear" TIME (Wed Aug 23)
Pakistan rejects role of 'scapegoat for U.S. failures' in Afghanistan Reuters Top News (Wed Aug 23)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Pres. Trump’s Afghanistan plan is also about getting the Taliban to the… CBS News (Wed Aug 23)
Trump's new Afghanistan strategy looks a lot like the strategy of the last 16 years The New York Times (Wed Aug 23)
What life is like living beneath the drones in Afghanistan Al Jazeera English (Wed Aug 23)
Top US commander in the Middle East estimates additional US troops could arrive in Afghanistan within days or weeks… ABC News (Wed Aug 23)
‘Recipe for disaster’: Ron Paul to RT about Trump’s Afghanistan policy turn RT (Tue Aug 22)
[email protected] says Pres. Trump's new military plan in Afghanistan will be much of the same but will have an "emphasis… CBS News (Tue Aug 22)
'New US forces could arrive in Afghanistan within days' – top military commander RT (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: Rex Tillerson totally undercut Trump’s "We will win" rhetoric on Afghanistan Washington Post (Tue Aug 22)
Additional troops will arrive in Afghanistan in a matter of days or weeks, U.S. commander says… NBC News (Tue Aug 22)
Tillerson: Trump's newly unveiled Afghanistan strategy is meant to pressure the Taliban to the negotiating table… CNN (Tue Aug 22)
Obama’s Afghanistan speech got better ratings than President Trump’s TIME (Tue Aug 22)
Tillerson: Trump's newly unveiled Afghanistan strategy is meant to pressure the Taliban to the negotiating table… CNN International (Tue Aug 22)
About 28 million TV viewers watched Trump's Afghanistan speech CNN International (Tue Aug 22)
About 28 million TV viewers watched Trump's Afghanistan speech CNN (Tue Aug 22)
?? THE DEBATE - New President, Old War: Trump outlines his strategy for Afghanistan FRANCE 24 English (Tue Aug 22)
Far-right website Breitbart chides President Trump for his "flip-flop" on Afghanistan policy CNN International (Tue Aug 22)
Far-right website Breitbart chides President Trump for his "flip-flop" on Afghanistan policy CNN (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: In his speech about Afghanistan, Trump tries again to win the Battle of Charlottesville Washington Post (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: With Bannon back in charge, Breitbart is crushing Trump for his Afghanistan speech Washington Post (Tue Aug 22)
India already gives Afghanistan billions in aid. Now Trump says India must "help us more." Washington Post (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: Trump faces the grim reality of Afghanistan: No quick path to victory and no clear way out Washington Post (Tue Aug 22)
How Donald Trump went from 'get out' to 'double down' on Afghanistan National Post (Tue Aug 22)
Bannon's news site slams Trump on Afghanistan Via @ReutersTV Reuters Top News (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: Trump’s muscular but vague Afghanistan speech, annotated Washington Post (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: Trump reverses views on Afghanistan, a war with no easy exits USA TODAY (Tue Aug 22)
Sending more troops is a big part of what U.S. military generals have argued is needed to stem losses in Afghanistan The New York Times (Tue Aug 22)
Trump reverses course and commits U.S. to open-ended Afghanistan war via @ReutersTV Reuters Top News (Tue Aug 22)
Trump's tough-talking speech calling out Pakistan for harboring insurgents gets mixed reaction in Afghanistan. The Associated Press (Tue Aug 22)
As Trump promises a renewed U.S. commitment to Afghanistan, the war has become more violent and complex than ever The New York Times (Tue Aug 22)
Taliban responds: "If America doesn't withdraw its troops...soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for [US]" Al Jazeera English (Tue Aug 22)
Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says new strategy based on conditions not timelines Reuters Top News (Tue Aug 22)
Democrats criticized President Trump's Afghanistan plan for lacking details CNN (Tue Aug 22)
Trump vows Afghanistan victory but says 'no blank cheque' FRANCE 24 English (Tue Aug 22)
Read the full text of President Trump's speech about the war in Afghanistan CNN (Tue Aug 22)
[email protected]: "Fundamentally, Trump just signed on to the forever war in Afghanistan" CNN (Tue Aug 22)
Rand Paul calls Pres. Trump's Afghanistan plan a 'terrible idea.' "The mission in Afghanistan has lost its purpose.… ABC News (Tue Aug 22)
Full transcript and video of President Trump’s speech on Afghanistan The New York Times (Tue Aug 22)
Trump vows US will keep fighting in Afghanistan, but offers few specifics about what a new strategy would entail… Al Jazeera News (Tue Aug 22)
[email protected] on @POTUS Afghanistan address: "I think this is a dramatic change from the Obama admin...I think th… Fox News (Tue Aug 22)
[email protected] on new strategy in Afghanistan: "I am very pleased with this plan and I am very proud of my presi… Fox News (Tue Aug 22)
Ryan on Afghanistan: “If they believe if we have an end date, some timetable, they will wait us out.” CNN (Tue Aug 22)
Pres. Trump on Afghanistan: "Our commitment is not unlimited and our support is not a blank check."… ABC News (Tue Aug 22)
Trump says he won't announce Afghanistan dates or troop levels, but that "victory will have a clear definition."… CNN Breaking News (Tue Aug 22)
Pres. Trump advises against a "hasty withdrawal" in Afghanistan: “We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our l… ABC News (Tue Aug 22)
“Third, and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immens… CBS News (Tue Aug 22)
Mike Pence writes for @USATOpinion that Trump's new American strategy for Afghanistan will undo past failures. USA TODAY (Tue Aug 22)
BREAKING Trump cautions against ‘hasty withdrawal’ in Afghanistan, but won’t discuss troop deployments USA TODAY (Tue Aug 22)
U.S. can’t afford quick withdrawal from Afghanistan: Trump The Globe and Mail (Tue Aug 22)
Pres. Trump on Afghanistan: "We are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this wa… ABC News (Tue Aug 22)
President Trump said a rapid exit from Afghanistan would create a power vacuum for terrorists, but added: 'In the… Fox News (Tue Aug 22)
LIVE BLOG: @POTUS addresses nation on Afghanistan troop surge Fox News (Tue Aug 22)
President Trump will reveal his plans for the US strategy in Afghanistan during a primetime address… CNN (Tue Aug 22)
Trump announces Afghanistan war policy shift (LIVE VIDEO) RT (Tue Aug 22)
America's longest war trudges on. Afghanistan: 16 years, thousands dead and no clear end in sight CNN International (Tue Aug 22)
WATCH LIVE: President Trump addresses the nation on new Afghanistan strategy CBS News (Tue Aug 22)
Analysis: Most Americans oppose sending more troops to Afghanistan — except in Trump’s base Washington Post (Mon Aug 21)
The financial cost of 16 years in Afghanistan CNN International (Mon Aug 21)
The financial cost of 16 years in Afghanistan CNN (Mon Aug 21)
President Trump will announce a new Afghanistan strategy TIME (Mon Aug 21)
Sen. Blumenthal says "more important than the number of troops is a coherent strategy" in Afghanistan CNN (Mon Aug 21)
Analysis: Afghanistan speech will be the first test of Trump coverage by Bannon and Breitbart Washington Post (Mon Aug 21)
President Trump will reveal his plans for the US strategy in Afghanistan during a primetime address… CNN (Mon Aug 21)
[email protected] to outline new Afghanistan strategy for U.S. in national address tonight. Fox News (Mon Aug 21)
Analysis: Trump’s Afghanistan strategy isn’t really a flip-flop. But his entire foreign policy is. Washington Post (Mon Aug 21)
Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war via @ReutersTV Reuters Top News (Mon Aug 21)
Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night Reuters Top News (Mon Aug 21)
The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches Reuters Top News (Mon Aug 21)
Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war Reuters Top News (Mon Aug 21)
Afghanistan massacre may account to war crime: UN FRANCE 24 English (Mon Aug 21)
Trump has reached a decision on U.S. policy on Afghanistan, Mattis confirms Newsweek (Sun Aug 20)
Donald Trump to announce new strategy on Afghanistan in major speech The Guardian (Sun Aug 20)
Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night Reuters Top News (Sun Aug 20)
Defense Sec. Mattis tight-lipped on new Afghanistan war strategy ABC News (Sun Aug 20)
Steve McCurry's photographs urge us to shed our preconceptions of Afghanistan From @1843mag The Economist (Sun Aug 20)
[email protected]: "Our objective needs to be that we have a regime in Afghanistan that can maintain some semblance o… Fox News (Sun Aug 20)
Trump has made Afghanistan decision after 'rigorous' U.S. review - Mattis Reuters Top News (Sun Aug 20)
Opinion: Is ISIL using Afghanistan to provoke Iran and Russia? Al Jazeera English (Sat Aug 19)
Exclusive: Details on the options Trump is hearing for Afghanistan this morning: Foreign Policy (Sat Aug 19)
Pres. Trump has arrived at Camp David with his national security team to talk Afghanistan strategy:… CBS News (Fri Aug 18)
SitRep: Trump and the NSC meet at Camp David today for an Afghanistan strategy and ISIS claims Barcelona attack. Foreign Policy (Fri Aug 18)
Pres. Trump travels to Camp David today to discuss strategy in Afghanistan with his National Security Council.… ABC News (Fri Aug 18)