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British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State

British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State

LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) --Britain has announced the deployment of MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft to support Iraq's Kurdish forces in the battle against ISIS.
Richard Tomkins
Textron supplying armored combat vehicles to Bulgaria

Textron supplying armored combat vehicles to Bulgaria

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) --Bulgarian military receiving U.S.-made armored vehicles.
Richard Tomkins
Air Force's X-37B space plane returns after 2-year top-secret mission

Air Force's X-37B space plane returns after 2-year top-secret mission

LOMPOC, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) --The U.S. military's X-37B space plane is coming home after a record-breaking two-year secret mission in orbit.
Brooks Hays
Paul Krugman on President Obama: Among the "most successful presidents in American history"

Paul Krugman on President Obama: Among the "most successful presidents in American history"

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) --Paul Krugman has made a drastic reversal in opinion on Barack Obama, calling him one of the most successful presidents in U.S. history.
Matt Bradwell
UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
By United Press International
U.S. drone strike allegedly kills al-Qaida India leader

U.S. drone strike allegedly kills al-Qaida India leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 12 (UPI) --A commander in the Pakistani Taliban and the senior figure of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent were allegedly killed in two recent drone strikes.
Fred Lambert
Air Force scraps nearly $500 million in planes in Afghanistan

Air Force scraps nearly $500 million in planes in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 11 (UPI) --The U.S. Air Force sold scrap metal from unused Afghan Air Force planes that cost hundreds of millions of dollars -- allegedly netting just $32,000.
Fred Lambert
Afghanistan executes five men convicted of gang rape

Afghanistan executes five men convicted of gang rape

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 8 (UPI) --Five men convicted last month of gang rape were hanged Wednesday at Pul-e-Charkhi prison east of Kabul.
JC Finley
Three big bets to defeat IS

Three big bets to defeat IS

To defeat the Islamic State, three big bets must pay-off. First, President Barack Obama must have grown in office. Second is that Secretary of State John Kerry will be given the authority to execute the strategy. And third is that Iraq understands that it is in a fight to the death with IS.
Harlan Ullman
Army Reserve receives mine clearance vehicle

Army Reserve receives mine clearance vehicle

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) --The U.S. Army Reserve is fielding mine clearance vehicles that use a motorized flail system to safely detonate land mines.
Richard Tomkins
Study: 11,000 killed thus far by Boko Haram

Study: 11,000 killed thus far by Boko Haram

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) --The insurgency of Islamist militants Boko Haram is responsible for the deaths of at least 11,000 people, a scholarly report says.
Ed Adamczyk
Obama dedicates new memorial to disabled veterans

Obama dedicates new memorial to disabled veterans

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) --President Obama dedicated a new memorial at the National Mall to America's disabled veterans.
Fred Lambert
President Obama thanks troops and veterans in video message

President Obama thanks troops and veterans in video message

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) --President Barack Obama thanked U.S. troops and veterans for their sacrifices during a brief message posted to YouTube on Saturday.
Fred Lambert
Taliban claims responsibility for double suicide attacks in response to U.S.-Afghan security agreement

Taliban claims responsibility for double suicide attacks in response to U.S.-Afghan security agreement

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 1 (UPI) --The Taliban claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks targeting Afghan soldiers a day after the U.S. and Afghanistan signed a Bilateral Security Agreement.
JC Finley
A defining moment in history

A defining moment in history

Make no mistake: in taking the fight to the Islamic State President Barack Obama is at a defining moment for his presidency and probably the future.
Harlan Ullman
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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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