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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast. Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is 32 million, mostly composed of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

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Afghanistan President: Pakistan still shelters insurgents

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly..
Reuters - Published

Nobody can dare touch any Indian Muslim, says Rajnath on apprehensions about CAA-NRC-NPR

Addressing a rally in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Shatabdi Nagar here, the BJP leader said religious minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were living a "life of..
IndiaTimes - Published

Videos for Afghanistan


Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced last year [Video]Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced last year

Al Jazeera looks at the conditions in Afghanistan that force men displaced by conflict and poverty into the ranks of armed groups.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:20Published

Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help [Video]Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help

Al Jazeera reports from a rural community in Afghanistan that is finding it difficult to cope with the heavy snowfalls.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:07Published

Canada's foreign affairs minister demands full transparency and cooperation by Iran [Video]Canada's foreign affairs minister demands full transparency and cooperation by Iran

Ministers from five countries who lost citizens in the passenger jet shot down over Tehran have called on Iran to accept "full responsibility" and compensate the victims' families. Foreign Secretary..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:57Published

Foreign ministers pay respects to Iran plane victims [Video]Foreign ministers pay respects to Iran plane victims

Dominic Raab and foreign ministers from Canada, Ukraine, Sweden and Afghanistan lit candles and observed a silence to remember the 176 people who died when a passenger plane was shot down in Iran on..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:48Published

Avalanches in Kashmir kill dozens [Video]Avalanches in Kashmir kill dozens

Dozens of people have died after avalanches were triggered in both Pakistan and India-controlled Kashmir. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Afghan poll results suggest slim win for Ghani [Video]Afghan poll results suggest slim win for Ghani

Afghanistan's incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a slim majority of votes in a September election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Afghanistan election: President Ghani on course for second term [Video]Afghanistan election: President Ghani on course for second term

Preliminary results, originally due in October, show Ghani leading with over 50 percent of votes.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:10Published

Internet blackout hits India unrest, mass arrests [Video]Internet blackout hits India unrest, mass arrests

The protests that have swept India enters its second week. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is refusing to budge on the controversial citizenship law that sparked the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Indian court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law [Video]Indian court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law

India's top court on Wednesday refused to stall the implementation of a new law that lays out a path for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries for Indian citizenship, despite violent..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 00:59Published

Buses torched as protests continue over India citizenship law [Video]Buses torched as protests continue over India citizenship law

Demonstrators torched vehicles in New Delhi on Sunday (December 15) as protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fifth straight day across the country.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated [Video]ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated

Afghan authorities say sustained bombing campaign has significantly reduced the threat of ISIL. Al Jazeera speaks to the rural communities caught in the crossfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:24Published

Protesters boycott exams, hunger strike against India’s Citizenship Act [Video]Protesters boycott exams, hunger strike against India’s Citizenship Act

Protesters across India continued their agitation on Saturday against the controversial religion-based Citizenship Law that allows non-Muslim persecuted minority refugees from neighbouring countries to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Soldier shows off stunning workout routine in Afghanistan [Video]Soldier shows off stunning workout routine in Afghanistan

Soldier and fitness enthusiast Diamond Ott flexes his muscles during impressive workout in Afghanistan

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:57Published

Protests flare as India passes controversial citizenship law [Video]Protests flare as India passes controversial citizenship law

India's ruling Hindu nationalist government on Wednesday won parliamentary approval for a far-reaching citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution, as protests..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:05Published

Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency in Afghanistan [Video]Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency in Afghanistan

Doctor Tetsu Nakamura, who devoted decades of his life to helping people in Afghanistan, is killed along with five others in a gun attack on his vehicle. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume [Video]US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume

Taliban says it is willing to restart peace talks with US, as President Trump tells troops in Afghanistan he thinks group is ready to strike a deal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:48Published

In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed [Video]In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed

Donald Trump makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, his first since becoming the US president.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:03Published

Trump Makes Secret Trip To Afghanistan On Thanksgiving Day [Video]Trump Makes Secret Trip To Afghanistan On Thanksgiving Day

President Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day. According to Business Insider, the White House kept the trip tightly under wraps. While there, Trump served..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving [Video]Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump has paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the US and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published

In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire [Video]In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan [Video]'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

 

Trump says Taliban must curb violence for meaningful Afghanistan talks

U.S. President Donald Trump told Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani that there cannot be meaningful negotiations until the Taliban significantly reduces its violence, the White House said in a..
Reuters - Published

Before CAA, string of government orders made it impossible for Muslim migrants to get Indian citizenship

The most significant GO is the October 22, 2018 amendment to the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950 and Foreigners Act, 1946, discriminating against Muslims and atheists for the grant of long-term..
IndiaTimes - Published

VHP to help 1.5 cr refugees get Indian citizenship

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will help over 1.5 crore refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship.
IndiaTimes - Published

Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh too got citizenship: Nirmala Sitharaman

Pointing out that states cannot refuse to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as “that is against law and the Constitution”, Union finance minister said here on Sunday that as many as 2,838..
IndiaTimes - Published

Muslim would be asked documents to prove their nationality: Shashi Tharoor

Speaking at the Kerala Literature Festival, Tharoor also said that during the National Population Register (NPR) enumeration, Muslims would be asked to produce documents to prove their nationality...
IndiaTimes - Published

Afghan officials say Taliban kill 6 members of same family

afghan officials say taliban kill 6 members of same family
KABUL: Afghan officials said Sunday that the Taliban executed six members of the same family, including an infant girl, in a remote village in the country's north. The Taliban denied any involvement,..
WorldNews - Published

Remains of fallen paratrooper return home to Fort Bragg

Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, was killed Jan. 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
USATODAY.com - Published

Those opposing CAA are anti-Dalits: Amit Shah

The controversial law promises citizenship to "illegal immigrants" belonging to minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who fled religious persecution in the three countries.
DNA - Published

Taliban open to 10-day ceasefire with U.S., talks with Afghan govt -sources

The Taliban will implement a 10-day ceasefire with U.S. troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in..
Reuters - Published

India's secularism under attack

At the end of December 2019, India's government introduced a controversial new law that grants a fast track to Indian citizenship for migrants fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan,..
France 24 - Published

India, Iran should work to expedite Chabahar Port development, connectivity to Afghanistan: Zarif


IndiaTimes - Published

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy

taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to us peace envoy
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the..
WorldNews - Published

How CAA is different from Citizenship Act 1955

The CAA aims to provide Indian citizenship to six minority communities — Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians — who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014 from..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pence Observes Transfer of Remains of 2 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

A stop at Dover Air Force Base capped a day filled with a variety of appearances made by the vice president.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. Army green berets admit to stealing $200,000 in counter-terrorism cash

A former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier has pleaded guilty to conspiring with four others to steal $200,000 in government cash meant to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and now faces up to 15 years..
Reuters - Published

Satya Nadella expresses concern over CAA

satya nadella expresses concern over caa
Microsoft's Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella on Monday voiced concern over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), saying what is happening is "sad" and he would love to see a Bangladeshi..
WorldNews - Published

More than 50 killed as heavy snow and floods hit Pakistan and Afghanistan

more than 50 killed as heavy snow and floods hit pakistan and afghanistan
Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left at least 54 people dead, officials said Monday. Authorities have struggled to..
WorldNews - Published

Severe weather in Afghanistan, Pakistan leaves 43 dead

severe weather in afghanistan, pakistan leaves 43 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left at least 43 dead, officials said Monday as..
WorldNews - Published

UP 1st off the block on CAA, sends refugees list to Centre

The UP government has sent a list of largely Hindu refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh living across 19 districts in the state to the Union home ministry, making it the first state to..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Space unites us': First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars

'space unites us': first iranian-american astronaut reaches for stars
Jasmin "Jaws" Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname during her time as a decorated helicopter gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan. ... The Marine Corps major, MIT graduate and..
WorldNews - Published

At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan

A severe cold snap killed at least 17 people in Afghanistan on Saturday, government officials said, as heavy snowfall and rain continued to lash parts of the country.
Reuters - Published

Challenge Mamata, Rahul to find CAA provision that can take away citizenship: Amit Shah

The new citizenship law promises citizenship to members of 6 non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014.
DNA - Published

Roadside bomb kills two U.S. personnel, wounds two more in Afghan south

A roadside bomb killed two U.S. military personnel and wounded two others in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said, an attack claimed by the Taliban.
Reuters - Published Also reported by •France 24

2 US service members killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

The service members were part of an operation with NATO's Resolute Support mission, the NATO-led security assistance mission in Afghanistan.
USATODAY.com - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Two U.S. service members were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a..
Reuters - Published

Bomb hits foreign troops in Afghan south, no word on casualties

A roadside bomb hit a convoy of U.S. troops on Saturday in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, a NATO spokesman and an Afghan official said, but there were no immediate details of casualties..
Reuters - Published

Citizenship Amendment Act comes into force as Home Ministry issues gazette notification

The new law promises citizenship to members of the non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014.
DNA - Published

Union home ministry issues notification, CAA comes into effect

The Centre on Friday announced that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will come into force from January 10. Under the Act non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given..
IndiaTimes - Published

Gujarat assembly passes resolution congratulating PM, Shah on CAA

gujarat assembly passes resolution congratulating pm, shah on caa
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat assembly on Friday passed a resolution congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah for amending the Citizenship Act. The resolution, which was..
WorldNews - Published

Refugees give thanks through big Thanksgiving meal

The Kashefis, refugees from Afghanistan, say they have a lot to be thankful for as they cook Thanksgiving dinner with their new friends in Los Angeles.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Inside the U.S. military's raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead

G4S subsidiary ArmorGroup hired Afghan warlords who battled with U.S. Marines. It ended with one of the worst civilian casualty disasters of the war.
USATODAY.com - Published

Weary Veterans Exemplify a Nation Reluctant for War With Iran

While as mixed in their views as other Americans, the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now a larger proportion of critics of interventions in the regions they once fought in.
NYTimes.com - Published

'Wars cost': Veterans have a message as tensions reach a 12-year high in the Middle East

Years deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have given veterans important perspective as the nation again focuses its attention on conflict in the Middle East.
USATODAY.com - Published

Two pilots killed in Afghan military helicopter crash

Two military pilots were killed on Wednesday when their Mi35 helicopter crashed in the western Afghan province of Farah due to a technical fault, the defense ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo accuses Iran of undermining Afghanistan peace efforts

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Iran of working to thwart efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, but he offered no specific details to support his allegation.
Reuters - Published

Afghan translators worry as Iran tension escalates

As hostility mounts toward the U.S in neighboring Iran, interpreters in Afghanistan who served alongside U.S. service members are desperate to get out – some in their country consider them traitors...
USATODAY.com - Published

CAA not against Indian Muslims, Modi govt is for all: Union minister Ramdas Athawale

Amid the ongoing protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), union minister Ramdas Athawale on Monday said the amended law is not against the Muslim community in India and that the Narendra..
IndiaTimes - Published

John Bass, U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan, Steps Down on Cusp of New Peace Deal

The State Department said it was typical for ambassadors to serve only two years in Kabul, given the high-stress nature of the job.
NYTimes.com - Published

Five lessons Afghanistan teaches us about Iran

five lessons afghanistan teaches us about iran
Despite all the revelry and excitement that comes with a new year (and a new decade), the American government’s addiction to endless war continues, and with it, the same old web of lies As President..
WorldNews - Published

Attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib: Harsimrat Badal attacks Congress for opposing CAA

Union minister Harsimrat Badal on Friday slammed the Congress and its Punjab leader Captain Amarinder Singh for opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, which grants citizenship to persecuted minorities..
IndiaTimes - Published

Army recruits sold a lie by ad campaign, says mum

Lucy Aldridge, whose soldier son William died in Afghanistan, is "appalled" by the drive.
BBC News - Published

India organises training programme for Afghan civil registration authority officials

The programme for Afghanistan central civil registration authority, was conducted from Dec 23-30, 2019, followed by a field visit to Chandigarh, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement...
IndiaTimes - Published

India shares governance story with Afghanistan


IndiaTimes - Published

Dozens of Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack

The Taliban unleashed a new wave of attacks in northern Afghanistan, targeting members of the country's security forces and killing at least 26, local officials said Wednesday.
France 24 - Published

Taliban slams ‘baseless reports' of ceasefire plans

taliban slams ‘baseless reports' of ceasefire plans
The Taliban on Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after rumours swirled of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war. ......
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •France 24

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