U.S. drone strike kills 11 in Pakistan

U.S. drone strike kills 11 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 19 (UPI) -- A suspected U.S. drone attack killed at least 11 people in a tribal Pakistan region near the country's border with Afghanistan, officials said.

Vehicle offers soldiers more protection

OSHKOSH, Wis., June 19 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Corp., based in Wisconsin, says its compact military-patrol vehicle offers U.S. troops more shielding from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Holbrooke arrives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke arrived Friday in Islamabad to hold strategic talks with Pakistani leaders, Islamabad said.

Pentagon urges patience in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Much work is needed to stabilize Afghanistan, but U.S. military forces are committed to the fight, a Defense Department spokesman said.

SEAL honored with Navy destroyer

BATH, Maine, June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy authenticated the keel for a warship named after a fallen Navy SEAL at a shipyard in Maine, the Navy announced.

Drone flight time soars in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 18 (UPI) -- Nearly half of the flight time for remotely piloted aircraft in Afghanistan was flown in the past year, U.S. Air Force officials said in Kandahar.
Sarkozy honors de Gaulle's WWII broadcast

Sarkozy honors de Gaulle's WWII broadcast

LONDON, June 18 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in London Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's wartime radio appeal to German-occupied France.

Kyrgyzstan violence concerns U.S.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, June 18 (UPI) -- The United States is closely watching the crisis in Kyrgyzstan as it has an important military base in the Central Asian nation, The New York Times reported.

Brother: Faulkner has made 6 trips to Pak

DENVER, June 17 (UPI) -- A Colorado internist says his brother, now a prisoner in Pakistan, made at least six trips there on a one-man mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Graham blasts Afghan deadlines

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- Lawmakers aren't convinced that the military plans for Afghanistan are the best course of action, U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham told military leaders.
Poll: Obama remains popular abroad

Poll: Obama remains popular abroad

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama remains popular in most parts of the world and opinions of the United States remain positive, a Pew Research Center poll indicates.

Pakistan lobbies for military aid

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- Washington hasn't given Pakistan the military support it needs take on militants in the volatile tribal areas, the Pakistani ambassador to Washington said.

U.S. Army recalls body armor

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Though ballistic resistance isn't affected, U.S. soldiers should return the 13,000 armor plates that failed Army specifications, Washington officials said.

Harris in radio deal with African nation

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 17 (UPI) -- Communications company Harris Corp. announced it won a $6 million contract to supply radio networks to an unnamed African nation.

Taliban capture Pakistani troops in raid

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 16 (UPI) -- The Afghan Taliban say they captured dozens of Pakistani soldiers at their checkpoint in a cross-border raid, a claim confirmed by Pakistan.
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War in Afghanistan
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

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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