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Kabul airport under insurgent attack

Kabul airport under insurgent attack

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 16 (UPI) --Insurgents attack Kabul International Airport and occupy nearby building under construction.
Danielle Haynes
Car bomb explosion kills 89 in Afghanistan

Car bomb explosion kills 89 in Afghanistan

July 15 (UPI) -- A car bomb explosion Tuesday killed at least 89 people in eastern Afghanistan's relatively calm Paktika province.
Ed Adamczyk
Appeals court sets aside two of three convictions of Bin Laden media aide

Appeals court sets aside two of three convictions of Bin Laden media aide

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) --A U.S. appeals court ruled Monday that a military commission did not have the authority to convict Osama bin Laden's media aide of all the charges against him.
Frances Burns
Afghanistan to undertake presidential election audit before announcing victor

Afghanistan to undertake presidential election audit before announcing victor

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 14 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday during his visit to Kabul that Afghanistan will undertake an audit of the presidential run-off votes.
JC Finley
John Kerry meets with Germany's foreign minister amid spy scandal

John Kerry meets with Germany's foreign minister amid spy scandal

VIENNA, July 14 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Vienna Sunday on the sidelines of the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks.
JC Finley
Secretary Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to discuss political transition

Secretary Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to discuss political transition

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 10 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul early Friday to meet with Afghan leaders regarding the country's political transition.
JC Finley
U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

U.N. appoints new international mediator for Syria peace talks

NEW YORK, July 10 (UPI) --United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new mediator for the Syria peace talks.
JC Finley
Halo mine removal team ambushed in Afghanistan; 6 dead, 3 taken hostage

Halo mine removal team ambushed in Afghanistan; 6 dead, 3 taken hostage

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 10 (UPI) --Members of a de-mining team in Afghanistan were ambushed by armed gunmen on Thursday in Afghanistan. Six people were killed and three others abducted.
JC Finley
Australia extends use of drones in Afghanistan

Australia extends use of drones in Afghanistan

RICHMOND, British Columbia, July 9 (UPI) --MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates says Australia is extending its use of company UAVs in Afghanistan.
Richard Tomkins
Obama turns down offers of marijuana during visit to Denver

Obama turns down offers of marijuana during visit to Denver

DENVER, July 9 (UPI) --President Obama turned down a hit of marijuana during a visit to a Denver bar with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Frances Burns
Air sea battle: Concept, cover or a charge of the light brigade in waiting?

Air sea battle: Concept, cover or a charge of the light brigade in waiting?

Harlan Ullman: While spending our way to victory in World War II worked, barring another world war, that largesse has limits.
Harlan Ullman
4 NATO soldiers among 16 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

4 NATO soldiers among 16 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

KABUL , Afghanistan, July 8 (UPI) --A suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan killed 16 people Tuesday, including four NATO coalition soldiers.
Ed Adamczyk
Cubic receives contract extension for JRTC training support

Cubic receives contract extension for JRTC training support

SAN DIEGO, July 7 (UPI) --The U.S. Army has exercised a seventh option year for support of pre-deployment training services for U.S. troops by Cubic Applications Inc.
Richard Tomkins
Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election results show ex-Finance Minister Ghani in the lead

Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election results show ex-Finance Minister Ghani in the lead

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 7 (UPI) --Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani is ahead in the preliminary election results that will determine Afghanistan's next president.
JC Finley
Former Georgian President Shevardnadze dead at 86

Former Georgian President Shevardnadze dead at 86

TBILISI, Georgia, July 7 (UPI) --Eduard A. Shevardnadze, who served as foreign minister of the Soviet Union and president of Georgia, has died at the age of 86.
JC Finley
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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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