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Petraeus on Hill for Afghan command post

Petraeus on Hill for Afghan command post

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus received the endorsement of a Senate committee Tuesday for his new post as commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Poll: Most favor Afghan pullout timetable

Poll: Most favor Afghan pullout timetable

PRINCETON, N.J., June 29 (UPI) -- A majority of Americans favor President Obama's schedule that would begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan beginning July 2011, a Gallup poll indicates.

Kabul jockeying for Baradar extradition

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 29 (UPI) -- Pakistan may extradite detained Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Afghan president said.
Commentary: Afghan quagmire

Commentary: Afghan quagmire

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- Now in its ninth year fighting in Afghanistan, there is neither stomach nor stamina in the Western alliance for another five years, let alone 10, of that battle.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Karzai wins 5 Cabinet confirmations

Karzai wins 5 Cabinet confirmations

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 29 (UPI) -- The Afghan parliament, increasingly asserting its independence, confirmed five more Cabinet nominees of President Hamid Karzai, leaving seven more to be filled.
U.S. lawmaker to block Afghan funding

U.S. lawmaker to block Afghan funding

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- A key U.S. lawmaker, concerned about corruption in the Afghan government, says she plans to withhold $3.9 billion of U.S. aid to Afghanistan.
McChrystal to retire

McChrystal to retire

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, removed as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan by President Barack Obama, will retire, an Army spokesman said Monday.

Most Americans back McChrystal ouster

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Most American approve of President Obama's decision to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, a poll indicates.

Kabul appoints five new Cabinet ministers

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 28 (UPI) -- Afghan lawmakers Monday appointed a former commander of the Northern Alliance as the interior minister in a parliamentary vote.

Karzai denies talks with Haqqani network

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 28 (UPI) -- Pakistani and Afghan sources deny President Hamid Karzai had one-on-one talks with the leader of the Haqqani militant network.

Peshawar bracing for Taliban fight

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 28 (UPI) -- Provincial leaders near the Afghan border are preparing to drive the Taliban out of the area, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said.
Panetta: U.S. faces new terror threats

Panetta: U.S. faces new terror threats

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida, at its weakest point since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is using other ways to threaten the United States, CIA Director Leon Panetta said.

Four Norwegian soldiers killed

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 28 (UPI) -- A roadside bomb struck a Norwegian armored vehicle in Afghanistan, killing four soldiers, Norway's government said.

No interest seen in reconciliation

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- There's no intelligence showing the Taliban or other militant groups are interested in reconciliation in Afghanistan, U.S. CIA Director Leon Panetta said.

Panetta says Afghan war tough

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The war in Afghanistan is seeing "elements of progress" but will remain "tough," said Leon Panetta, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
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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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