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Suicide attack at Afghan spy agency kills six

Suicide attack at Afghan spy agency kills six

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (UPI) --Taliban militants killed after they attacked an Afghan spy agency.
Danielle Haynes
Chinese military concludes anti-terrorism drills

Chinese military concludes anti-terrorism drills

HOHHOT , China, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Led by the Chinese military, members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization ended a series of large anti-terrorism drills involving 7,000 troops.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 (UPI) --The U.N.'s special representative to Afghanistan announced on Thursday that Afghanistan's presidential vote audit is expected to conclude on September 10.
JC Finley
U.N. recommits to Afghan vote audit despite campaign withdrawals

U.N. recommits to Afghan vote audit despite campaign withdrawals

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 27 (UPI) --The U.N. said Wednesday it is committed to supervising Afghanistan's presidential vote audit despite the withdrawal of the two candidates from the process.
JC Finley
Islamic State demands $6.6M for female American humanitarian worker

Islamic State demands $6.6M for female American humanitarian worker

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Islamic State militants holding a young American aid worker captive are demanding a $6.6 million ransom and the release of Aafia Siddiqui for her return.
JC Finley
Alleged jihadist charged with killing 4 in Washington, N.J.

Alleged jihadist charged with killing 4 in Washington, N.J.

SEATTLE, Aug. 21 (UPI) --A man charged with four homicides in New Jersey and the Seattle area claimed they were "just kills" in response to U.S. actions against Muslims.
Frances Burns
New York Times reporter ordered to leave Afghanistan

New York Times reporter ordered to leave Afghanistan

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) --On Wednesday, the Afghan attorney general's office notified New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg that he must depart Afghanistan within 24 hours.
JC Finley
NATO soldier stabbed, killed near Kabul airport

NATO soldier stabbed, killed near Kabul airport

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) --A coalition service member in Afghanistan was stabbed to death early Wednesday near the Kabul airport.
Ed Adamczyk
Opinion: Do not defer action against IS

Opinion: Do not defer action against IS

Harlan Ullman: International action against IS can work. But will Mr. Obama realize that? The world wonders.
Harlan Ullman
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
By United Press International
Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' will be cut to please North Korea

Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' will be cut to please North Korea

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Sony Pictures is planning to cut "The Interview" following months of complaints by the North Korean government over the film's plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Veronica Linares
Taliban launches Afghanistan offensive

Taliban launches Afghanistan offensive

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) --A major Taliban offensive in Afghanistan's Logar province has begun, Afghan officials said Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
Most peaceful country: Iceland, Global Peace Index says

Most peaceful country: Iceland, Global Peace Index says

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Iceland is the world's most peaceful country on earth, followed by Denmark and Austria, according to the Global Peace Index, released Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
James Van Der Beek to co-star in new 'CSI' drama

James Van Der Beek to co-star in new 'CSI' drama

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) --James Van Der Beek is to co-star in "CSI: Cyber," a new police procedural scheduled to premiere during the 2014-15 television season, CBS announced.
Karen Butler
New York Times will now use the word 'torture'

New York Times will now use the word 'torture'

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) --The New York Times will now use the word "torture" in stories regarding interrogations in which the paper is sure pain was inflicted to get information.
Aileen Graef
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Lance Cpl. Daniel Franke, a dog handler attached to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, lays in the prone on an overlooking hill with his dog in Towrah Ghundey, Afghanistan on June 11, 2010. UPI/Daniel Blatter/U.S. Marines
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The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country in south-central Asia. It is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east, Iran in the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. In addition; India claims a border with Afghanistan at the Wakhan corridor as part of its claim on the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Kashmir currently controlled by Pakistan.

The territories now comprising Afghanistan have been an ancient focal point of the Silk Road and human migration. The land is at an important geostrategic location, connecting East, South, West and Central Asia, and has been home to various peoples through the ages. The region has been a target of various invaders since antiquity, including by Alexander the Great, the Mauryan Empire, Muslim armies, and Genghis Khan, and has served as a source from which many kingdoms, such as the Greco-Bactrians, Kushans, Samanids, Ghaznavids, Ghurids, Timurids, and many others have risen to form empires of their own.

The political history of Afghanistan begins in the 18th century with the rise of the Pashtun tribes (known as Afghans in Persian), when in 1709 the Hotaki dynasty established its rule in Kandahar and, more specifically, when Ahmad Shah Durrani created the Durrani Empire in 1747 which became the forerunner of modern Afghanistan. Its capital was shifted in 1776 from Kandahar to Kabul and most of its territories ceded to neighboring empires by 1893. In the late 19th century, Afghanistan became a buffer state in "The Great Game" between the British and Russian empires. On August 19, 1919, following the third Anglo-Afghan war, the country regained independence from the United Kingdom over its foreign affairs.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "War in Afghanistan."
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