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Taliban claims responsibility for double suicide attacks in response to U.S.-Afghan security agreement

Taliban claims responsibility for double suicide attacks in response to U.S.-Afghan security agreement

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 1 (UPI) --The Taliban claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks targeting Afghan soldiers a day after the U.S. and Afghanistan signed a Bilateral Security Agreement.
JC Finley
A defining moment in history

A defining moment in history

Make no mistake: in taking the fight to the Islamic State President Barack Obama is at a defining moment for his presidency and probably the future.
Harlan Ullman
Army orders more spare parts for small unmanned aerial systems

Army orders more spare parts for small unmanned aerial systems

MONROVIA, Calif., Oct. 1 (UPI) --The U.S. Army has ordered more spare parts from AeroVironment for its Raven and Puma AE hand-launched unmanned aerial systems, totaling $27.2 million.
Richard Tomkins
Hesco Bastion acquires Reed Composite Solutions

Hesco Bastion acquires Reed Composite Solutions

CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) --The U.S. subsidiary of British barrier-maker Hesco has entered the body armor business with the acquisition of Reed Composite Solutions.
Richard Tomkins
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS

Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS

With world attention riveted on U.S. and friendly Arab air strikes against Islamic State bases in Syria, Pakistan, one of the world's eight nuclear powers, was yet again a bubbling geopolitical cauldron.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large

Taliban suicide bombers kill 7 in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 1 (UPI) --Twin suicide bombers strike the Afghanistan capital, killing 7, wounding 15.
Heather Records
Obama hosts India's PM Narendra Modi for bilateral talks at White House

Obama hosts India's PM Narendra Modi for bilateral talks at White House

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House.
JC Finley
Afghanistan signs Bilateral Security Agreement with U.S.

Afghanistan signs Bilateral Security Agreement with U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Afghanistan's new government signed a much delayed Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. and a Status of Forces Agreement with NATO on Tuesday.
JC Finley
First A-29 rolls off Florida assembly line for USAF program

First A-29 rolls off Florida assembly line for USAF program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) --Embraer completes first of 20 A-29 light air support planes for U.S. Air Force.
Richard Tomkins

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's new president

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's new president

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan's new president and its first democratically-elected leader.
JC Finley, Ed Adamczyk
SITE: al-Qaida member confirms death of Khorasan leader on Twitter

SITE: al-Qaida member confirms death of Khorasan leader on Twitter

RAQQA , Syria, Sept. 28 (UPI) --Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of Khorasan, a lesser-known terrorist group in Syria, was confirmed by an al-Qaida Twitter account to be dead, SITE reports.
Fred Lambert
Taliban kills 100, beheads 15 in Afghanistan

Taliban kills 100, beheads 15 in Afghanistan

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Sept. 26 (UPI) --A brutal Taliban attack Friday in eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province killed at least 100 people, with 15 beheaded, a provincial leader said.
Ed Adamczyk
Former drill sergeant guilty of sexual misconduct

Former drill sergeant guilty of sexual misconduct

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., Sept. 25 (UPI) --An army drill sergeant was found guilty of sexual misconduct in a military court-martial Wednesday for having sex and forcing sexual favors from trainees.
Gabrielle Levy
U.N. Security Council unanimously passes counter-terrorism resolution

U.N. Security Council unanimously passes counter-terrorism resolution

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) --President Barack Obama chaired a U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday, where he called for a vote on an international counter-terrorism resolution.
JC Finley
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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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