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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in South and Central Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and in the far northeast, China. Its territory covers 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi) and much of it is covered by the Hindu Kush mountain range, which experiences very cold winters. The north consists of fertile plains, whilst the south-west consists of deserts where temperatures can get very hot in summers. Kabul serves as the capital and its largest city.

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U.S. envoy to Afghanistan to brief counterparts on peace effort

The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will meet with Chinese, Russian and European Union diplomats on Afghanistan on Thursday as he tries to forge a peace deal with the..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan presidential election postponed to September

Afghanistan's presidential election has been postponed by more than two months to Sept. 28, a spokesman for the country's Independent Election Commission said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Afghanistan

'Afghan Star' contestant's voice, story in spotlight [Video]'Afghan Star' contestant's voice, story in spotlight

Zahra Elham, finalist in season 14 of Afghanistan's equivalent of American Idol, has gained much attention.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:51Published

New Zealand Begins Funerals [Video]New Zealand Begins Funerals

According to REuters, The bodies of victims from New Zealand’s mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch’s Memorial Park..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

The long Afghan war takes a toll on children [Video]The long Afghan war takes a toll on children

In a country where half the population is younger than 15, Afghanistan's 17-year war has arguably hit children the hardest. Twelve-year-old Zabiullah Mujahed hustles every day to shine shoes, one of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

Man Who Chased Down Christchurch Gunman Hailed As A Hero [Video]Man Who Chased Down Christchurch Gunman Hailed As A Hero

Abdul Aziz, a 48-year-old Afghan refugee, chased the Christchurch gunman out of the Linwood Islamic Centre in New Zealand on Friday after the attacker opened fire. Aziz, who was with his family, chased..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:10Published

US Will Deny Visas to International Criminal Court Members [Video]US Will Deny Visas to International Criminal Court Members

Pompeo called the potential investigation "politically motivated."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:41Published

"Hero" challenged mosque attacker with credit-card machine

An Afghan-born hero tells Reuters how he chased one of the New Zealand mosque attack armed only with a credit card machine. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

Afghan women's orchestra braves to play [Video]Afghan women's orchestra braves to play

Zohra orchestra is an all-female group from Afghanistan currently playing in Britain. They fear U.S. peace talks with the Taliban could bring the group back in to power and once again deprive their..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Disputed claims as US air raids kills 11 in Afghanistan's Ghazni [Video]Disputed claims as US air raids kills 11 in Afghanistan's Ghazni

The US has conducted a series of air attacks against Taliban fighters, but elders and local officials say they killed 35 civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:53Published

US-Taliban Peace Talks Produce 2 Draft Agreements [Video]US-Taliban Peace Talks Produce 2 Draft Agreements

​U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said negotiators drafted two potential agreements on counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:49Published

Rocket attack at former Afghan president Karzai rally [Video]Rocket attack at former Afghan president Karzai rally

A live camera crew at a Kabul political rally records fleeing crowds and confusion as multiple rocket strikes landed nearby. At least one person was killed and several wounded. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Gun Attack, Bomb Kills 16 In Afghanistan [Video]Gun Attack, Bomb Kills 16 In Afghanistan

According to Reuters, Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a construction company office in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday killing 16 employees of the Afghan company.The attack began when two..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Afghanistan Suicide Blast Kills 16 Near Jalalabad Airport, Officials Say [Video]Afghanistan Suicide Blast Kills 16 Near Jalalabad Airport, Officials Say

Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 16..

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:39Published

At least 16 killed in bomb, gun attack in Afghanistan [Video]At least 16 killed in bomb, gun attack in Afghanistan

Suicide bombers and gunmen attack a construction company office in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing 16 employees of the Afghan company, a provincial official says. Rough cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Flash floods in Afghanistan, Pakistan kill at least 45 people [Video]Flash floods in Afghanistan, Pakistan kill at least 45 people

At least 25 people killed in Pakistan and 20 in Afghanistan after heavy rains, flash floods and snowfall.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:21Published

Flash floods kill many in Pakistan, Afghanistan [Video]Flash floods kill many in Pakistan, Afghanistan

The Afghan province of Kandahar bore the brunt of disaster caused by heavy rains that cut off tens of thousands of people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published

Residents evacuate as flash floods hit southern Afghanistan [Video]Residents evacuate as flash floods hit southern Afghanistan

At least 20 people were killed by flash floods in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, the UN said Saturday, as heavy rains swept away homes and vehicles.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

All Troops Could Pull Out Of Afghanistan In 3-5 Years [Video]All Troops Could Pull Out Of Afghanistan In 3-5 Years

The U.S. is in peace talks with the Taliban. The goal is to pull out of Afghanistan while ensuring the country doesn't become a terrorist safe haven.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

UN: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high in 2018 [Video]UN: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high in 2018

United Nations says the war-torn country saw 3,800 civilian lives taken last year, including 1,000 children.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

Afghanistan war: Women voice concern at conference [Video]Afghanistan war: Women voice concern at conference

As the US and the Taliban negotiate peace, the Afghan women are refusing to be left behind.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

UK must return Indian Ocean islands to Mauritius - ICJ [Video]UK must return Indian Ocean islands to Mauritius - ICJ

The International Court of Justice has told Britain to give up control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, and said it had wrongfully forced the population to leave in the 1970s to make way for..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

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Skiers in Afghanistan have used a motorcycle and a wheelbarrow to create a clever lift to the top of the slopes. Alishah Farhang created the contraption with his friend, an engineer, in the mountains..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:46Published

Afghan forces prepare to reclaim lost territory from Taliban [Video]Afghan forces prepare to reclaim lost territory from Taliban

Depleted but not defeated, the Afghan army prepares for an offensive to recapture territory from the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:55Published

US Pushes to End Global Criminalization of Homosexuality [Video]US Pushes to End Global Criminalization of Homosexuality

The United States is leading an initiative to end the criminalization of same-sex relations worldwide.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:33Published

Saudi Crown Prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan [Video]Saudi Crown Prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan

Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a red carpet welcome before overseeing the historical deal. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

U.S. Army Could Trim Troops In Afghanistan By Over 1,000 [Video]U.S. Army Could Trim Troops In Afghanistan By Over 1,000

The U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive, says Reuters. A U.S. general said that the cuts may exceed 1,000 forces. President Donald Trump told..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

Killed, orphaned, sold: Afghan war takes brutal toll on children

After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh last year, they quickly fell on harder..
Reuters - Published

Kabul's expanding foreigner 'bubble' trades safety for isolation

By Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rod Nickel and Rupam Jain KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Kabul's green zone is a place where diplomats fly in cheesecake from New York and cases of wine from Europe, but many of..
Firstpost - Published

U.S. freezes out top Afghan official in peace talks feud: sources

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In fallout from a feud over U.S.-Taliban peace talks, a senior U.S. diplomat has told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that U.S. officials will no longer deal..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Favour elected government in Afghanistan: India to US


IndiaTimes - Published

New Zealand mosque shooting: Afghan refugee chased away gunman in Christchurch using credit card machine, empty shotgun

Aziz, an Australian citizen, tried to distract and chase the gunman away from outside his mosque in Christchurch with the only weapon he could find - a hand-held credit card machine
Firstpost - Published

Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western Afghanistan

At least 50 members of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban in a fight for control of Afghanistan's western province of Badghis, local officials said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan summons Pakistani diplomat over PM Imran Khan's remarks

This is the second time in a month that a Pakistani diplomat has been summoned by Afghanistan.
DNA - Published

Kabul summons diplomat over remarks by Pakistan's Khan

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat on Saturday to account for remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan speculating about a new government in Kabul following a possible peace..
Firstpost - Published

India for elected political structure in Afghanistan before drawdown of US troops


IndiaTimes - Published

US-China engage in ugly spat at UNSC: Washington alleges graft in Belt & Road initiative; Beijing hits back saying you're prejudiced

The US-China spat soured negotiations on a resolution on Afghanistan, forcing the council to adopt a temporary rollover of the UN mission there for six months instead of a year.
Firstpost - Published

Defying threats, Afghan singer Aryana comes home for women

By Orooj Hakimi and Rod Nickel KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Each time Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan's most famous singers, returns to the country of her birth, she braves threats and endures..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

U.S. imposes visa bans on International Criminal Court investigators - Pompeo

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will withdraw or deny visas to any International Criminal Court personnel investigating possible war crimes by U.S. forces or allies in..
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Left out of peace talks, U.S. allies reassess Afghan support

At a dinner party in Kabul's high-security "green zone" in March, a senior European diplomat poured himself a glass of red wine and pulled up a photograph on his iPhone.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-Afghan tensions erupt over Kabul's exclusion from peace talks

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S.
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Senior Afghan official publicly criticizes U.S. negotiator on visit to Washington

A senior Afghan official on Thursday accused the U.S. peace negotiator of "delegitimizing" the Afghan government in an unusually public attack reflecting Kabul's mounting alarm over its exclusion from..
Reuters - Published

Gunfight erupts in north Afghan city over police chief's appointment

A gunbattle erupted on Thursday between Afghan forces and supporters of a powerful politician in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif who rejected the appointment of a new provincial police chief by..
Reuters - Published

Kidnapping and killing of six-year-old girl enrages Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Enraged Afghans took to social media on Wednesday to demand severe punishment for the kidnapping and killing of a six-year-old girl in the capital Kabul.
Firstpost - Published

Afghan soldiers killed in U.S. air strikes

At least five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 injured in air strikes conducted by U.S. forces in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in an apparent case of..
Reuters - Published

US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks, but no agreement on troop withdrawal process

The talks focused on the withdrawal of US troops and assurances that insurgents would not use Afghanistan's territory to stage future terrorist attacks - one of the initial aims of American policy in..
Firstpost - Published

U.S., Taliban talks end for now with no Afghan peace deal

By Eric Knecht DOHA (Reuters) - U.S.
Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Taliban pile pressure on Afghan government forces in west

Taliban fighters have stepped up pressure on Afghan forces in the western province of Badghis, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 20, an official said on Tuesday, as the militants make advances even as..
Reuters - Published

Where friends turn foes and foes turn friends

At Moscow peace talks, Afghan leaders who fought each other and the Taliban found themselves on the same side
Firstpost - Published

Taliban's Mullah Omar lived near U.S. base in Afghanistan for years, book says

A biography of one-eyed former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar says he lived near a U.S. base in Afghanistan for years, not in Pakistan as U.S. officials have said, exposing Western failure to track..
Reuters - Published

Former Taliban leader lived under U.S. nose, new book says

A biography of one-eyed former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar says he lived near a U.S. base in Afghanistan for years, not in Pakistan as U.S. officials have said, exposing Western failure to track..
Reuters - Published

Dutch journalist Bette Dam's book reveals Taliban chief Mullah Omar lived just three miles from major US base Afghanistan

Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive Taliban leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home..
Firstpost - Published

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