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Kabul exploring mineral mining options

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 24 (UPI) -- Afghanistan is looking for Indian and Chinese investors to help develop giant mineral deposits in the country, officials said.

Hague stays out of Pakistani pipeline deal

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 24 (UPI) -- London doesn't intend to interfere with Pakistan's right to move forward with a gas pipeline from Iran, the British foreign secretary said in Islamabad.
Gen. David Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus has been placed in charge of the war in Afghanistan, however, the strategy for the fighting there is expected to remain the same.
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Article surprised White House

Article surprised White House

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The White House was caught by surprise by a magazine piece that led to the exit of U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander in Afghanistan, an official said.
McChrystal seen as hero

McChrystal seen as hero

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The exit of U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan was likened to a "Shakespearean tragedy" by one of his close associates.

CIA hires Xe, nee Blackwater, for security

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The CIA has hired private security firm Xe Services, the company once known as Blackwater Worldwide, to guard its facilities across the globe, officials said.

Five Americans get 10-year sentences each

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 24 (UPI) -- An anti-terror court in Pakistan Thursday sentenced each of five U.S. citizens, convicted of terrorism charges, to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Petraeus named to command Afghan war

Petraeus named to command Afghan war

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Gen. David Petraeus, named the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, assumes an assignment at a time when the ground situation is worsening.

More Army mental health nonsense

FORT BENNING, Ga., June 24 (UPI) -- I am at the Continental Replacement Center at Fort Benning, Ga. It is the mission of the CRC to prepare soldiers for deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations abroad.
LAWRENCE SELLIN, UPI Outside View Commentator

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Three tons of drugs seized in Iran raids

TEHRAN, June 23 (UPI) -- Three tons of narcotics have been seized and several drug rings broken up in Iran's Tehran province, police officials said.
McChrystal out, Petraeus in Afghanistan

McChrystal out, Petraeus in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday he accepted with regret the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as leader of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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McChrystal furor sparks 'Late Show' Top 10

McChrystal furor sparks 'Late Show' Top 10

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Talk-show host David Letterman used the U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal story as fodder for one of his infamous Top 10 lists.
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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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