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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
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
By United Press International
Peace, prosperity and stability through partnerships: A grand design for a 21st century strategic mindset

Peace, prosperity and stability through partnerships: A grand design for a 21st century strategic mindset

Harlan Ullman: Military force has often been the ultimate arbiter between war and peace, but that past paradigm has surely been challenged in the 21st century.
Harlan Ullman
Pentagon identifies U.S. Army general killed by Afghan gunman in Kabul

Pentagon identifies U.S. Army general killed by Afghan gunman in Kabul

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) --The Pentagon identified the two-star U.S. Army general killed Tuesday by an Afghan soldier in Kabul as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
JC Finley
Gunman in Afghan military uniform kills two-star U.S. Army general, injures at least 15

Gunman in Afghan military uniform kills two-star U.S. Army general, injures at least 15

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 5 (UPI) --An Army general was killed and possibly 16 others wounded on Tuesday at a training facility in Kabul, shot by a gunman wearing an Afghan military uniform.
JC Finley
Afghan presidential audit resumes after brief suspension

Afghan presidential audit resumes after brief suspension

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Afghanistan's presidential election audit resumed Sunday afternoon after a brief suspension.
JC Finley
Iraq, Afghanistan could get Iranian fuel

Iraq, Afghanistan could get Iranian fuel

TEHRAN, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Iran is in a good position to provide fuel oil and diesel to its immediate neighbors and will reap the benefits in return, an executive director said.
Daniel J. Graeber
The new MAD: An era of assured disruption

The new MAD: An era of assured disruption

Ullman: The threat of violent Islamism can be controlled; many of our policies only intrude further on individual liberties without reducing the actual danger.
Harlan Ullman
Bill Clinton claims he could have killed Osama Bin Laden

Bill Clinton claims he could have killed Osama Bin Laden

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) --According to a recently unearthed interview recorded hours before 9/11, former President Bill Clinton claimed he passed on the chance to kill Osama bin Laden.
Matt Bradwell
World's biggest spy center is Vienna, book says

World's biggest spy center is Vienna, book says

VIENNA, July 31 (UPI) --Vienna, Austria, is the world's foremost spy hub with over 7,000 agents working undercover, a new book says.
Ed Adamczyk
Back to square one

Back to square one

Arnaud de Borchgrave: Chaos and anarchy and religious extremism are spreading from Libya to Iraq, moving into the vacuum of retreating U.S. military power.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Cousin of Karzai killed in suicide bombing

Cousin of Karzai killed in suicide bombing

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 29 (UPI) --Hashmat Karzai, a cousin of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, was killed by a suicide bomber, officials reported.
Ed Adamczyk
Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 26 (UPI) --Improvised explosive device kills two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, while a third dies in the U.S. from disease contracted in Afghanistan.
Danielle Haynes
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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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