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Afghanistan: Landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast. Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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Fmr NATO military commander: Trump's drawdown in Afghanistan & Iraq is 'astoundingly foolish from a military, strategic, diploma [Video]

Fmr NATO military commander: Trump's drawdown in Afghanistan & Iraq is 'astoundingly foolish from a military, strategic, diploma

Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) joins The Lead.

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US will withdraw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by January 2021 [Video]

US will withdraw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by January 2021

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced that the US will withdraw thousands more US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan 15, 2021.

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Trump remains at White House amid troop announcement [Video]

Trump remains at White House amid troop announcement

President Donald Trump’s remained at the White House and out of the view of the public as his acting defense secretary announced troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins has..

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Afghanistan: Burials held for female polio vaccinators [Video]

Afghanistan: Burials held for female polio vaccinators

Three women have been buried after they were shot on Tuesday while vaccinating people against polio in Afghanistan.

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‘Peace will be achieved with understanding in & around Afghanistan: Jaishankar [Video]

‘Peace will be achieved with understanding in & around Afghanistan: Jaishankar

S Jaishankar said peace would only be achieved if there was understanding in and around Afghanistan. The External Affairs Minister attended the 'Heart of Asia' conference in Tajikistan’s Dushanbe on..

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There needs to be good faith negotiations for a free Afghanistan: EAM Jaishankar [Video]

There needs to be good faith negotiations for a free Afghanistan: EAM Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe for the Heart of Asia conference, on March 31 said peace in Afghanistan would be best achieved if there is consensus within..

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‘India should be present to discuss Afghan peace process’, says Afghan envoy [Video]

‘India should be present to discuss Afghan peace process’, says Afghan envoy

Afghanistan Ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay on Tuesday said that India, being a major power in the region, should be a part of the Afghan peace process at various forums as the country is..

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India, being major power, must be part of Afghan peace process: Envoy [Video]

India, being major power, must be part of Afghan peace process: Envoy

Ambassador of Afghanistan to India Farid Mamundzay said that that India, being a major power in the region, should be a part of the Afghan peace process at various forums as the country is suffering..

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Afghans commemorate destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas 20 years ago [Video]

Afghans commemorate destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas 20 years ago

Living in the shadow of Afghanistan's past. The struggling cave-dwellers of Bamiyan who fear a resurgence of the Taliban.

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Full interview with Secretary of State Antony Blinken [Video]

Full interview with Secretary of State Antony Blinken

CNN’s Dana Bash asks Secretary of State Antony Blinken about escalating tensions with China, the faceoff with Russia, the war in Afghanistan and the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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Paris honours assassinated Afghan rebel leader [Video]

Paris honours assassinated Afghan rebel leader

Paris has honoured Ahmad Shah Massoud with a plaque that recognises him as a hero of Afghanistan.

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EAM Jaishankar meets Afghan counterpart Atmar; holds talks on peace process [Video]

EAM Jaishankar meets Afghan counterpart Atmar; holds talks on peace process

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Afghan counterpart in New Delhi on March 22. Afghan foreign minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar is on a 3-day visit to Indi. Both ministers held talks with a..

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Afghanistan's Foreign Minister meets EAM Jaishankar in Delhi [Video]

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister meets EAM Jaishankar in Delhi

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar, who is on a three-day visit to India, met External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House in Delhi today. India had earlier sent..

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U.S. Defense Secretary meets Afghan president [Video]

U.S. Defense Secretary meets Afghan president

United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in an unnanounced visit to Kabul on Sunday, as Washington reviews the peace process there and its planned troop..

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Top Senate Dem: Time to end the war in Afghanistan [Video]

Top Senate Dem: Time to end the war in Afghanistan

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois tells CNN’s Dana Bash that while he wants to ensure a safe exit for US forces from Afghanistan, he opposes keeping troops there long term.

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U.S., China conclude 'tough' talks in Alaska [Video]

U.S., China conclude 'tough' talks in Alaska

U.S. and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington called "tough and direct" talks in Alaska, which laid bare the depth of tensions between the world's two largest economies at the outset..

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Russia, US call on Afghans to discuss ceasefire after talks [Video]

Russia, US call on Afghans to discuss ceasefire after talks

The conference is the first of three before a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.

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UN report estimates 228,000 child deaths due to Covid-19 disruptions in South Asia | OneIndia News [Video]

UN report estimates 228,000 child deaths due to Covid-19 disruptions in South Asia | OneIndia News

According to a UN report, disruption in healthcare services due to Covid-19 may have caused an estimated 239,000 maternal and child deaths in South Asia. The study was focussed on Afghanistan, Nepal,..

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Car bomb in Afghanistan’s Herat province kills several [Video]

Car bomb in Afghanistan’s Herat province kills several

Powerful blast outside police station in western Afghanistan leaves at least eight dead, more than 50 wounded.

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At least eight killed in car bomb explosion in Afghanistan's western Herat province [Video]

At least eight killed in car bomb explosion in Afghanistan's western Herat province

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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