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Cousin of Karzai killed in suicide bombing

Cousin of Karzai killed in suicide bombing

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 29 (UPI) --Hashmat Karzai, a cousin of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, was killed by a suicide bomber, officials reported.
Ed Adamczyk
Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 26 (UPI) --Improvised explosive device kills two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, while a third dies in the U.S. from disease contracted in Afghanistan.
Danielle Haynes
Unmanned cargo-carrying helo returns to U.S. from Afghanistan

Unmanned cargo-carrying helo returns to U.S. from Afghanistan

OWEGO, N.Y., July 25 (UPI) --K-MAX, the unmanned cargo aircraft of Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace, has returned to the United States following extended deployment to Afghanistan.
Richard Tomkins
15 killed in Afghanistan bus attack

15 killed in Afghanistan bus attack

CHAGHCHARAN, Afghanistan, July 25 (UPI) --Fifteen bus travelers in Afghanistan were killed Friday by suspected Taliban gunmen who stopped their convoy in Ghor province and shot them to death.
Ed Adamczyk
2 Christian aid organization workers killed in Afghanistan

2 Christian aid organization workers killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 24 (UPI) --Two foreign workers with International Assistance Mission were killed in western Afghanistan on Thursday.
JC Finley
The Great War Redux

The Great War Redux

July 28 marks the centenary of the start of World War I, tragically and wrongly described by President Woodrow Wilson as the "war to end all wars."
Harlan Ullman
Afghan family considers killing 10-year-old daughter after she is raped

Afghan family considers killing 10-year-old daughter after she is raped

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, July 22 (UPI) --A 10-year-old Afghan girl possibly faces death at the hands of her family after being raped by a mullah in a mosque.
Aileen Graef
Al-Qaida snubs Iraq's 'Islamic State'

Al-Qaida snubs Iraq's 'Islamic State'

ISLAMABAD, July 22 (UPI) --An al-Qaida publication indicates the militant group does not intend to relinquish its power to Iraq's newly-formed "Islamic State" caliphate.
Ed Adamczyk
Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign security contractors at Afghan police compound

Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign security contractors at Afghan police compound

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 22 (UPI) --A Taliban suicide bomber killed four foreign security contractors outside a facility used by American-based military contractor DynCorp International in Kabul.
JC Finley
The X-Gen Men at 1600 and Number 10

The X-Gen Men at 1600 and Number 10

Harlan Ullman: U.S. President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron have a great deal in common, and come from the same generation.
Harlan Ullman
Veteran awarded Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan

Veteran awarded Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) --An Army veteran who survived an attack in Afghanistan that killed nine of his comrades received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony Monday.
Frances Burns
Four women injured in acid attack in southwest Pakistan

Four women injured in acid attack in southwest Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, July 21 (UPI) --Four women were critically injured in an acid attack in southwest Pakistan on Monday.
JC Finley
No support among Afghans, Taliban leader says

No support among Afghans, Taliban leader says

KABUL , Afghanistan, July 21 (UPI) --A senior Taliban leader said militants in Afghanistan lack the support they would need to take over the country after NATO troops depart.
Ed Adamczyk
Army contracts Dynamics Aviation for continued electronic warfare support

Army contracts Dynamics Aviation for continued electronic warfare support

BRIDGEWATER, Va., July 21 (UPI) --The U.S. Army has tapped Dynamic Aviation in a $22.4 million award to support a program for intercepting and jamming enemy communications in Afghanistan.
Richard Tomkins
Oversight body calls for temporary suspension of aircraft delivery to Afghanistan

Oversight body calls for temporary suspension of aircraft delivery to Afghanistan

ARLINGTON, Va., July 18 (UPI) --The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction calls for temporary suspension of C-130 aircraft deliveries to the Afghan Air Force.
Richard Tomkins
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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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