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Guilty plea in Canadian terrorism plot

Guilty plea in Canadian terrorism plot

OTTAWA, Sept. 17 (UPI) --A man regarded a ringleader of a group plotting terrorist attacks in Canada pleaded guilty Wednesday of explosives possession.
Ed Adamczyk
Afghanistan's central government in 'critical' financial crisis

Afghanistan's central government in 'critical' financial crisis

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Afghanistan's central government is in "critical" financial crisis, according to a senior Afghan Fiance Ministry official.
JC Finley
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
By United Press International

Rheinmetall, KBR in joint venture bid for British defense entity

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Rheinmetall Defense reports it has partnered with KBR in a joint venture bid for Britain's Defense Support Group.
Richard Tomkins
2 U.S. soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing

2 U.S. soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Two American troops were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber ignited a blast near the U.S. embassy in Kabul Tuesday.
Aileen Graef

Convoy of foreign troops target of suicide bomb near Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Taliban suicide bomber strikes convoy of foreign troops near U.S. embassy in Kabul.
Heather Records
Judge OKs Jill Kelley privacy lawsuit

Judge OKs Jill Kelley privacy lawsuit

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) --The woman whose suspicions brought down former CIA director David Petraeus will be allowed to continue with a privacy lawsuit against federal officials.
Gabrielle Levy
Military graveyard suggests Russia's Ukraine involvement

Military graveyard suggests Russia's Ukraine involvement

PSKOV , Russia, Sept. 15 (UPI) --A Russian politician claims he was beaten for informing journalists he witnessed the burial of a Russian soldier allegedly killed fighting in Ukraine.
Ed Adamczyk
Geopolitical fumbles

Geopolitical fumbles

Gen. John R. Allen, Ret.: "It is about the region and potentially the world as we know it." U.S. bombing alone is a recipe for failure.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
By United Press International
Obama: We will 'degrade' and 'destroy' the Islamic State

Obama: We will 'degrade' and 'destroy' the Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) --In a speech from the White House Wednesday night, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for deal with the Islamic State
Heather Records
Wounded Afghan soldiers take part in Invictus Games in Britain

Wounded Afghan soldiers take part in Invictus Games in Britain

LONDON, Sept. 10 (UPI) --The Invictus Games began Wednesday in Great Britain, bringing together 400 armed service members and veterans from 13 nations, including six from Afghanistan.
JC Finley
Bowe Bergdahl waiting as Army keeps mum on investigation

Bowe Bergdahl waiting as Army keeps mum on investigation

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 10 (UPI) --The attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says it's been a month since he's heard any updates on the case.
Gabrielle Levy
U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

U.N. envoy to Syria expected to meet with Bashar al-Assad, push truce between regime and rebels

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) --The United Nations' newly appointed envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, arrived in Damascus Tuesday for consultations with Syrian officials.
JC Finley
Islamic State uses children as suicide bombers, says U.N.

Islamic State uses children as suicide bombers, says U.N.

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) --The Islamic State -- also known as ISIL -- is utilizing children as soldiers and suicide bombers, a senior United Nations official said Monday.
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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