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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in South and Central Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and in the far northeast, China. Its territory covers 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi) and much of it is covered by the Hindu Kush mountain range, which experiences very cold winters. The north consists of fertile plains, whilst the south-west consists of deserts where temperatures can get very hot in summers. Kabul serves as the capital and its largest city.

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Afghanistan win first cricket Test

afghanistan win first cricket test
Afghanistan earn their first Test win after Rahmat Shah's 76 and Ihsanullah Janat's 65 helps them earn a seven-wicket victory over Ireland.
BBC News - Published

Afghanistan forces suffer heavy loss against Taliban in northwest battle

A Taliban assault on checkpoints killed 22 troops, officials said Sunday, as at least 50 Afghan security forces surrendered to the militants and around 100 tried to flee to neighbouring Turkmenistan..
France 24 - Published

Videos for Afghanistan

Man Who Chased Down Christchurch Gunman Hailed As A Hero [Video]Man Who Chased Down Christchurch Gunman Hailed As A Hero

Abdul Aziz, a 48-year-old Afghan refugee, chased the Christchurch gunman out of the Linwood Islamic Centre in New Zealand on Friday after the attacker opened fire. Aziz, who was with his family, chased..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:10Published

US Will Deny Visas to International Criminal Court Members [Video]US Will Deny Visas to International Criminal Court Members

Pompeo called the potential investigation "politically motivated."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:41Published

"Hero" challenged mosque attacker with credit-card machine

An Afghan-born hero tells Reuters how he chased one of the New Zealand mosque attack armed only with a credit card machine. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

Afghan women's orchestra braves to play [Video]Afghan women's orchestra braves to play

Zohra orchestra is an all-female group from Afghanistan currently playing in Britain. They fear U.S. peace talks with the Taliban could bring the group back in to power and once again deprive their..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Disputed claims as US air raids kills 11 in Afghanistan's Ghazni [Video]Disputed claims as US air raids kills 11 in Afghanistan's Ghazni

The US has conducted a series of air attacks against Taliban fighters, but elders and local officials say they killed 35 civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:53Published

US-Taliban Peace Talks Produce 2 Draft Agreements [Video]US-Taliban Peace Talks Produce 2 Draft Agreements

​U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said negotiators drafted two potential agreements on counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:49Published

Rocket attack at former Afghan president Karzai rally [Video]Rocket attack at former Afghan president Karzai rally

A live camera crew at a Kabul political rally records fleeing crowds and confusion as multiple rocket strikes landed nearby. At least one person was killed and several wounded. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Gun Attack, Bomb Kills 16 In Afghanistan [Video]Gun Attack, Bomb Kills 16 In Afghanistan

According to Reuters, Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a construction company office in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday killing 16 employees of the Afghan company.The attack began when two..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Afghanistan Suicide Blast Kills 16 Near Jalalabad Airport, Officials Say [Video]Afghanistan Suicide Blast Kills 16 Near Jalalabad Airport, Officials Say

Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 16..

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:39Published

At least 16 killed in bomb, gun attack in Afghanistan [Video]At least 16 killed in bomb, gun attack in Afghanistan

Suicide bombers and gunmen attack a construction company office in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing 16 employees of the Afghan company, a provincial official says. Rough cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Flash floods in Afghanistan, Pakistan kill at least 45 people [Video]Flash floods in Afghanistan, Pakistan kill at least 45 people

At least 25 people killed in Pakistan and 20 in Afghanistan after heavy rains, flash floods and snowfall.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:21Published

Flash floods kill many in Pakistan, Afghanistan [Video]Flash floods kill many in Pakistan, Afghanistan

The Afghan province of Kandahar bore the brunt of disaster caused by heavy rains that cut off tens of thousands of people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published

Residents evacuate as flash floods hit southern Afghanistan [Video]Residents evacuate as flash floods hit southern Afghanistan

At least 20 people were killed by flash floods in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the UN said Saturday, as heavy rains swept away homes and vehicles.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

All Troops Could Pull Out Of Afghanistan In 3-5 Years [Video]All Troops Could Pull Out Of Afghanistan In 3-5 Years

The U.S. is in peace talks with the Taliban. The goal is to pull out of Afghanistan while ensuring the country doesn't become a terrorist safe haven.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

UN: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high in 2018 [Video]UN: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high in 2018

United Nations says the war-torn country saw 3,800 civilian lives taken last year, including 1,000 children.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

Afghanistan war: Women voice concern at conference [Video]Afghanistan war: Women voice concern at conference

As the US and the Taliban negotiate peace, the Afghan women are refusing to be left behind.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

UK must return Indian Ocean islands to Mauritius - ICJ [Video]UK must return Indian Ocean islands to Mauritius - ICJ

The International Court of Justice has told Britain to give up control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, and said it had wrongfully forced the population to leave in the 1970s to make way for..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

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Skiers in Afghanistan have used a motorcycle and a wheelbarrow to create a clever lift to the top of the slopes. Alishah Farhang created the contraption with his friend, an engineer, in the mountains..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:46Published

Afghan forces prepare to reclaim lost territory from Taliban [Video]Afghan forces prepare to reclaim lost territory from Taliban

Depleted but not defeated, the Afghan army prepares for an offensive to recapture territory from the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:55Published

US Pushes to End Global Criminalization of Homosexuality [Video]US Pushes to End Global Criminalization of Homosexuality

The United States is leading an initiative to end the criminalization of same-sex relations worldwide.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

Saudi Crown Prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan [Video]Saudi Crown Prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan

Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a red carpet welcome before overseeing the historical deal. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

U.S. Army Could Trim Troops In Afghanistan By Over 1,000 [Video]U.S. Army Could Trim Troops In Afghanistan By Over 1,000

The U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive, says Reuters. A U.S. general said that the cuts may exceed 1,000 forces. President Donald Trump told..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan: general [Video]U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan: general

Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a U.S. general told Reuters on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

U.S. Tightens Its Belt In Afghanistan [Video]U.S. Tightens Its Belt In Afghanistan

According to Reuters, a U.S. general told Reuters on Friday that even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

India PM blames Pakistan for worst Kashmir attack in decades [Video]India PM blames Pakistan for worst Kashmir attack in decades

India's government says it has "incontrovertible evidence" that a suicide bombing that killed 44 security forces in Kashmir -- the worst attack in decades -- involved rival Pakistan. Michelle Hennessy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:19Published

 

Favour elected government in Afghanistan: India to US


IndiaTimes - Published

New Zealand mosque shooting: Afghan refugee chased away gunman in Christchurch using credit card machine, empty shotgun

Aziz, an Australian citizen, tried to distract and chase the gunman away from outside his mosque in Christchurch with the only weapon he could find - a hand-held credit card machine
Firstpost - Published

Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western Afghanistan

At least 50 members of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban in a fight for control of Afghanistan's western province of Badghis, local officials said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan summons Pakistani diplomat over PM Imran Khan's remarks

This is the second time in a month that a Pakistani diplomat has been summoned by Afghanistan.
DNA - Published

Kabul summons diplomat over remarks by Pakistan's Khan

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat on Saturday to account for remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan speculating about a new government in Kabul following a possible peace..
Firstpost - Published

India for elected political structure in Afghanistan before drawdown of US troops


IndiaTimes - Published

Two Veterans Groups, Left and Right, Join Forces Against the Forever Wars

The groups intend to share a legislative agenda that presses for changes to war authorization measures and an end to the United States’ presence in Afghanistan.
NYTimes.com - Published

US-China engage in ugly spat at UNSC: Washington alleges graft in Belt & Road initiative; Beijing hits back saying you're prejudiced

The US-China spat soured negotiations on a resolution on Afghanistan, forcing the council to adopt a temporary rollover of the UN mission there for six months instead of a year.
Firstpost - Published

Defying threats, Afghan singer Aryana comes home for women

By Orooj Hakimi and Rod Nickel KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Each time Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan's most famous singers, returns to the country of her birth, she braves threats and endures..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

War crime investigators will be barred from entering US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

war crime investigators will be barred from entering us, secretary of state mike pompeo says
War crimes investigators working for the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be barred from entering America if they probe the actions of the country's soldiers in Afghanistan and other locations,..
WorldNews - Published

U.S. imposes visa bans on International Criminal Court investigators - Pompeo

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

US bars entry to ICC investigators, says 'attacking America's rule of law'

The United States announced on Friday it would deny visas to members of the International Criminal Court involved in investigating alleged was crmes from US troops in Afghanistan or in other countries.
France 24 - Published

Trump Administration Threatens Sanctions For ICC Investigation Into Afghanistan War Crimes

trump administration threatens sanctions for icc investigation into afghanistan war crimes
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would impose visa restrictions on people responsible for an International Criminal Court probe of war crimes in Afghanistan on Friday, according to CBS..
WorldNews - Published

Pompeo warns ICC staff about visa revocations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or..
USATODAY.com - Published

At War: America’s Escalating Air War in Somalia: How Did We Get There?

The war in Somalia has turned into a small version of Afghanistan.
NYTimes.com - Published

Left out of peace talks, U.S. allies reassess Afghan support

At a dinner party in Kabul's high-security "green zone" in March, a senior European diplomat poured himself a glass of red wine and pulled up a photograph on his iPhone.
Reuters - Published

At War: When It Comes to Bowe Bergdahl, ‘We All Really Failed’

Matt Farwell, an Army veteran and author of “American Cipher,” has a lot to say about the war in Afghanistan and the way America the country Bergdahl.
NYTimes.com - Published

On patrol with Afghan Special Forces, without US support

on patrol with afghan special forces, without us support
At least 45,000 Afghan police and soldiers have died over the past four years.
BBC News - Published

U.S.-Afghan tensions erupt over Kabul's exclusion from peace talks

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S.
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Senior Afghan official publicly criticizes U.S. negotiator on visit to Washington

A senior Afghan official on Thursday accused the U.S. peace negotiator of "delegitimizing" the Afghan government in an unusually public attack reflecting Kabul's mounting alarm over its exclusion from..
Reuters - Published

Top Afghan official accuses Trump envoy of colonial intentions

Afghan national security adviser flies to D.C. to ask White House about "perception" that U.S. envoy wants to create a crisis to install himself as "viceroy"
CBS News - Published

Afghans probe mistaken U.S. strike on Afghan army base

At least 5 Afghan soldiers were killed by friendly fire in what was supposed to be precision U.S. strike supporting Afghan troops
CBS News - Published

Gunfight erupts in north Afghan city over police chief's appointment

A gunbattle erupted on Thursday between Afghan forces and supporters of a powerful politician in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif who rejected the appointment of a new provincial police chief by..
Reuters - Published

U.S. Kills 5 Afghan Soldiers In 'Self-Defense' Airstrikes

u.s. kills 5 afghan soldiers in 'self-defense' airstrikes
United States forces launched two "self-defense" airstrikes near an Afghan National Army check point in the Uruzgan province on Wednesday, according to a coalition spokesman, CNN reports. The Afghan..
WorldNews - Published

Kidnapping and killing of six-year-old girl enrages Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Enraged Afghans took to social media on Wednesday to demand severe punishment for the kidnapping and killing of a six-year-old girl in the capital Kabul.
Firstpost - Published

Afghan soldiers killed in U.S. air strikes

At least five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 injured in air strikes conducted by U.S. forces in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in an apparent case of..
Reuters - Published

US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks, but no agreement on troop withdrawal process

The talks focused on the withdrawal of US troops and assurances that insurgents would not use Afghanistan's territory to stage future terrorist attacks - one of the initial aims of American policy in..
Firstpost - Published

U.S., Taliban talks end for now with no Afghan peace deal

By Eric Knecht DOHA (Reuters) - U.S.
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Taliban pile pressure on Afghan government forces in west

Taliban fighters have stepped up pressure on Afghan forces in the western province of Badghis, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 20, an official said on Tuesday, as the militants make advances even as..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Pete Buttigieg "troubled" by clemency for Chelsea Manning

The gay Afghanistan vet also criticized Snowden leaks and slammed Vice President Mike Pence in an interview with CBS News Radio
CBS News - Published

Where friends turn foes and foes turn friends

At Moscow peace talks, Afghan leaders who fought each other and the Taliban found themselves on the same side
Firstpost - Published

Taliban's Mullah Omar lived near U.S. base in Afghanistan for years, book says

A biography of one-eyed former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar says he lived near a U.S. base in Afghanistan for years, not in Pakistan as U.S. officials have said, exposing Western failure to track..
Reuters - Published

Former Taliban leader lived under U.S. nose, new book says

A biography of one-eyed former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar says he lived near a U.S. base in Afghanistan for years, not in Pakistan as U.S. officials have said, exposing Western failure to track..
Reuters - Published

Dutch journalist Bette Dam's book reveals Taliban chief Mullah Omar lived just three miles from major US base Afghanistan

Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive Taliban leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home..
Firstpost - Published

Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous cities

saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous cities
The BBC was given exclusive access to spend a week with ambulance workers in Afghanistan.
BBC News - Published

Afghan who risked his life for Iowa soldiers becomes US citizen

Iowa National Guard troops helped Nabi Mohammadi work through bureaucratic snarls to gain visa for people who helped Americans in Afghanistan or Iraq.
USATODAY.com - Published

172 students from Bhutan, Afghanistan commissioned as officers of Indian Army

A total of 172 students has been commissioned as gentlemen and lady cadets, including those hailing from Bhutan and Afghanistan, during a passing out parade at the Officers Training Academy.
DNA - Published

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