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Afghanistan: 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. Its population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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Afghanistan: Taliban declares three-day Eid ceasefire [Video]

Afghanistan: Taliban declares three-day Eid ceasefire

The Taliban’s announcement comes two days after a series of blasts at a Kabul girls’ school killed more than 50 people, mostly pupils.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:48Published
Afghans mourn schoolgirls killed in blasts as Taliban plans three-day ceasefire for Eid [Video]

Afghans mourn schoolgirls killed in blasts as Taliban plans three-day ceasefire for Eid

Dozens of young girls were buried at a hilltop cemetery in Kabul on Sunday, a day after a secondary school was targeted in one of Afghanistan's most deadly attacks this year.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:05Published
Afghans hold funeral for victims of Kabul school bomb blasts [Video]

Afghans hold funeral for victims of Kabul school bomb blasts

Dozens of young girls were buried after a secondary school was targeted in the bloodiest attack in Afghanistan in more than a year.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published
On GPS: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [Video]

On GPS: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Gates, who served in the administrations of three presidents including Bush and Obama, joins Fareed to assess the situation in Afghanistan and Taiwan.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 08:15Published
Death toll from bomb blasts near Afghan girls’ school rises [Video]

Death toll from bomb blasts near Afghan girls’ school rises

The death toll in a horrific bombing at a girls’ school in the Afghan capital Kabul has soared to 50, the Interior Ministry said.Many of those who have died are pupils between 11 and 15 years old.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published
Blast kills dozens near school in Afghan capital Kabul [Video]

Blast kills dozens near school in Afghan capital Kabul

At least 150 people, many of them young women, were injured in the attack in a Shia neighbourhood of the city.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published
Afghan couple held with heroin worth Rs 860 crore in Delhi [Video]

Afghan couple held with heroin worth Rs 860 crore in Delhi

Two Afghan refugees, a couple, involved in supply of heroin were arrested by the Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS) of Delhi Police in the West district of national capital on May 07. Authorities arrested..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:52Published
‘A challenge’ for Afghan military as US leaves Afghanistan [Video]

‘A challenge’ for Afghan military as US leaves Afghanistan

US defence secretary says Afghan forces ‘will play major role in stopping the Taliban’ as group steps up attacks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published
Gen. Petraeus on why US may regret pulling troops from Afghanistan [Video]

Gen. Petraeus on why US may regret pulling troops from Afghanistan

Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) tells CNN’s Jake Tapper why he fears the US may regret its military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 02:14Published
CNN10 - 5/6/21 [Video]

CNN10 - 5/6/21

Observers voice concerns for Afghan women and girls, a Chinese rocket goes out of control, Broadway is allowed to reopen, and a U.S. runner breaks a record.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 10:00Published
Intel report: Afghan women's rights at risk with US withdrawl [Video]

Intel report: Afghan women's rights at risk with US withdrawl

Progress on women’s rights in Afghanistan could be at risk with the withdrawal of US and international troops, even if the Taliban doesn’t fully take power, according to a newly declassified US..

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 02:24Published
Afghanistan violence: Thousands flee homes as fighting erupts after US pullout [Video]

Afghanistan violence: Thousands flee homes as fighting erupts after US pullout

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:34Published
Afghanistan: Fears rise after car bomb blast that killed 24 [Video]

Afghanistan: Fears rise after car bomb blast that killed 24

People in the Afghan province of Logar say they are fearful after a powerful car bomb that happened as foreign troops are beginning their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:05Published
On GPS: Hillary Clinton on Biden and Afghanistan [Video]

On GPS: Hillary Clinton on Biden and Afghanistan

Fareed asks the former Democratic Senator for her take on President Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 06:03Published
Cindy McCain reacts to Biden's Afghanistan decision [Video]

Cindy McCain reacts to Biden's Afghanistan decision

Cindy McCain, widow of late Republican Sen. John McCain, says she has faith in President Biden’s decision to remove US troops from Afghanistan but believes the effort will be “for nothing” if not..

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 02:00Published
Taliban warn US as Trump withdrawal date passes [Video]

Taliban warn US as Trump withdrawal date passes

Taliban say international forces have violated a US-Taliban agreement to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan by May 1, and that this "opened the way" for the group to counter-action.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:35Published
Suicide bombing kills over 20 in Afghanistan’s Logar province [Video]

Suicide bombing kills over 20 in Afghanistan’s Logar province

The truck bomb in the provincial capital of Pul-e Alam also wounded more than 90 people, interior ministry says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:45Published
Twenty-one killed in Afghanistan suicide truck bombing [Video]

Twenty-one killed in Afghanistan suicide truck bombing

At least 21 people died and as many as 90 people were injured after a suicide truck bombing in Afghanistan on Friday.

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:55Published
NATO starts troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, says alliance official [Video]

NATO starts troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, says alliance official

NATO has begun withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, according to an alliance official, after nearly 20 years of war.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:52Published
U.S. pledges to protect Afghan women: official [Video]

U.S. pledges to protect Afghan women: official

U.S. lawmakers grilled President Joe Biden's Afghanistan peace envoy on Tuesday about how women will be protected if the hard-line Islamist Taliban take control after U.S. troops withdraw, and..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:55Published
Blinken responds to fears over plans to withdraw from Afghanistan [Video]

Blinken responds to fears over plans to withdraw from Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will help concentrate the minds of “free riders” in the region about their interests in..

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 03:00Published

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India's Consul General in Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif dies

Vinesh Kalra, India's Consul General in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, passed away at a hospital in Kabul on Monday. It is learnt that he was suffering from Covid-19 but died of a cardiac arrest at..
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Children among 40 killed by bomb near Afghanistan school

At least 40 people - including many students - have been killed after a bomb exploded near a school in west Kabul, according to an Afghan government official.
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US begins final phase of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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The US has begun its final phase of the withdrawal of its own and NATO's last troops from Afghanistan - with the aim of leaving the country by the end of summer.
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India likely to step-up military training and assistance for Afghanistan


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Afghanistan's future shouldn’t be a return to past: S Jaishankar

“The future of Afghanistan should not be a return to its past. The international community should take care not to throw the baby out with the bathwater,” Jaishankar warned while addressing a panel..
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Afghanistan needs double peace: EAM S Jaishankar


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India notes US decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, calls for immediate ceasefire


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Political settlement in Afghanistan must be inclusive: India

Two days after US President Joe Biden announced withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, India on Friday said any political settlement in the war-ravaged country must be inclusive and should..
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Afghan, Indian NSAs speak in backdrop of Biden announcement of troop withdrawal

This is the first-ever high-level engagement between the two sides and comes just two days after the announcement came from Washington.
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US, NATO troops pulling out of Afghanistan will raise tremendous concerns for India, say experts

After the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan by September 11, India will have tremendous concern on the resurgence of the Taliban and the war-torn country being used as a safe haven..
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British troops to withdraw from Afghanistan alongside NATO and the US

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British troops will begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan next month alongside other NATO allies.
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India is a 'welcomed partner', says Russian envoy on Moscow-led engagement on Afghan peace process

Russia has called India a "welcomed partner" in its efforts when it comes to the Afghan peace process.
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Asif Sultani on Olympic hopes and journey from Afghanistan

Asil Sultani discusses fleeing Afghanistan as a child and how he hopes to represent Team Refugee in karate at the Tokyo 2020.
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Biden delays US troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan until 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

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The withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan is being delayed until 11 September - the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda terror attacks on America.
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Russia seeks to ramp up engagement with India on Afghanistan


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Genuine ‘double peace’ must for Afghanistan stability, says Jaishankar


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EAM Jaishankar, President Ghani exchange views on peace process in Afghanistan


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Jaishankar arrives in Tajik capital to attend key conference on Afghanistan

External affairs minister S Jaishankar arrived in Tajikistan's capital on Monday to attend a key conference on Afghanistan, where representatives from around 50 countries and international..
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India to attend Heart of Asia meet to discuss peace in Afghanistan


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Jaishankar, Afghanistan minister hold talks on peace plan, defence ties


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Afghan foreign minister Mohd Haneef Atmar arrives in India

Aghanistan foreign minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar arrived at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi on Monday. He was received by an Indian diplomat upon his arrival. According to..
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US defence secretary, Jaishankar discuss Afghanistan ground situation


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Rights discussed only in Afghanistan context: Indian officials


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US Def Secretary scheduled to begin India visit Friday; focus on expansion of strategic ties

Ways to further strengthen India-US strategic ties, boosting cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the face of growing Chinese assertiveness and the Afghan peace process are expected to be the key focus..
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Mamata offered to be exchanged for IC 814 hostages during Kandhar crisis, claims Yashwant Sinha

Indian Airlines Flight 814, or IC 814 was hijacked and taken to Afghanistan's Kandahar by Pakistan-backed hijackers in 1999.
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Russia calls meeting to broker peace in Afghanistan; India won’t be at table


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Washington keen on six-country meet including India on Afghanistan

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Jaishankar, US' special envoy for Afghanistan discuss Afghan peace talks


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President Ghani lauds PM Modi as Afghanistan begins COVID-19 vaccination using India-made vaccine

India had gifted 500,000 doses of COVISHIELD vaccines earlier this month to Afghanistan.
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Talks with Pakistan about Afghanistan, won't impinge on ties with India: Russia


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Russia FM Lavrov and Indian FS Shringla discuss upcoming Putin visit, Afghanisthan

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First ever 'Chadar' sent by Afghan President to Ajmer Dargah


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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offers 'chadar' for Ajmer Sharif

This is the first time any Afghan president has sent a chadar to Ajmer. In the past, US President Barack Obama had sent a chadar to Ajmer Sharif.
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Massive earthquake hits Afghanistan, tremors felt across north India

Earthquake of 6.1 magnitude was felt across north India, including Delhi, on Friday night and its epicentre was in Punjab's Amritsar.
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India, Afghanistan sign MoU to build Shahtoot Dam in Kabul


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Both India, Afghanistan want to see region free of terrorism, says PM Modi


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PM Modi expresses concern over increasing violence in Afghanistan

In a virtual meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Modi said as close neighbours and strong strategic partners, both India and Afghanistan want to see the region free of extremism and terrorism.
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Exclusive: Shahtoot dam hallmark of India-Afghanistan friendship, says Afghanistan's Cd'A charge de affairs Tahir Qadiry

Leaders of both countries -- PM Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani -- held a virtual summit on Tuesday.
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PM Modi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to hold virtual summit today

The virtual summit will see many announcements including a likely signing of the agreement on Shahtoot Dam in Afghanistan.
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As India-made vaccines arrive, Afghanistan vows to keep jabs safe from terrorists

As the India-made vaccines landed in Afghanistan on Sunday, Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh tweeted: “thanks & gratitude to India for this timely assistance. Now it is our mission to..
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Afghanistan thanks India for sending 5 lakh coronavirus vaccine doses


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India stands with its friends, says Jaishankar as Indian-made vaccines arrive in Afghanistan


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Afghan security forces, health workers to be vaccinated using India-made COVID-19 vaccines

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Vaccine diplomacy: India seeks to rival China with broad shipments

India has approved the shipment of Covid-19 vaccine to Cambodia and plans to supply Mongolia and Pacific Island states, officials said on Sunday, as supplies arrived in Afghanistan - all part of the..
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India-made Covishield part of Pakistan jab drive under vaccine alliance

India’s vaccine diplomacy took further wing with 1 lakh anti-Covid shots being sent to Oman, a close partner in the Gulf, after having supplied the jabs to immediate neighbours. Later this week,..
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