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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
Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Afghan's two presidential candidates recommitted Friday to a vote audit agreed to last month that has been slow-moving.
JC Finley
Hagel pushes defense sector relationship with new Indian government

Hagel pushes defense sector relationship with new Indian government

NEW DELHI, Aug. 8 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met Friday with Indian officials in New Delhi to discuss increasing U.S.-India strategic cooperation.
JC Finley
Air Force extends Northrop's communications support

Air Force extends Northrop's communications support

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 7 (UPI) --Northrop Grumman is to continue to operate and support a U.S. Air Force communications system used in Afghanistan under $89.7 million contract extension.
Richard Tomkins
U.S. amends Harakat ul-Mujahidin's terror designation to include charity front organization

U.S. amends Harakat ul-Mujahidin's terror designation to include charity front organization

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) --The U.S. Department of State announced on Thursday that it has amended the foreign terrorist designation for Harakat ul-Mujahidin.
JC Finley
John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
JC Finley
Pakistan makes progress on LNG imports

Pakistan makes progress on LNG imports

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 7 (UPI) --Pakistan has cleared the way for more gas imports through two key pipeline projects and through liquefied natural gas, the energy minister said.
Daniel J. Graeber
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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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