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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 experience 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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'I'd rather have my son than a hero'

'i'd rather have my son than a hero'
Thirty years after Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan, the BBC went to meet the mother of a soldier killed in the disastrous war.
BBC News - Published

Afghan government ‘cannot be sidelined’ in peace talks

afghan government ‘cannot be sidelined’ in peace talks
In a BBC interview, President Ashraf Ghani says his government is in contact with the Taliban.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Afghanistan

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

U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan: general [Video]U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan: general

Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a U.S. general told Reuters on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published

U.S. Tightens Its Belt In Afghanistan [Video]U.S. Tightens Its Belt In Afghanistan

According to Reuters, a U.S. general told Reuters on Friday that even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:50Published

India PM blames Pakistan for worst Kashmir attack in decades [Video]India PM blames Pakistan for worst Kashmir attack in decades

India's government says it has "incontrovertible evidence" that a suicide bombing that killed 44 security forces in Kashmir -- the worst attack in decades -- involved rival Pakistan. Michelle Hennessy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:19Published

NATO defense chiefs meet on Russia's 'violation of the INF treaty' [Video]NATO defense chiefs meet on Russia's 'violation of the INF treaty'

Allied defense ministers are meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels to discuss how to proceed over the apparent death of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty between the U.S. and Russia. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

Cricket in Afghanistan: Sport helping Afghans cope with war [Video]Cricket in Afghanistan: Sport helping Afghans cope with war

Afghan boys dreaming of cricketing glory, as their team prepares to take on the best in the world.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:09Published

Rocker PJ Harvey travels to Afghanistan to inspire her music in new documentary [Video]Rocker PJ Harvey travels to Afghanistan to inspire her music in new documentary

The singer gets inspiration for a new album by meeting local people in Kabul, Kosovo and Washington D.C., in documentary "A Dog Called Money". Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

Afghan interpreters plead with UK government for asylum [Video]Afghan interpreters plead with UK government for asylum

Hunted by the Taliban, Al Jazeera hears from Afghan interpreters who live in fear because they worked with British soldiers.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:24Published

The Pentagon's Acting Chief Has Arrived in Afghanistan Amid a Push for Peace [Video]The Pentagon's Acting Chief Has Arrived in Afghanistan Amid a Push for Peace

The Pentagon’s top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban.

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:30Published

Fears of ISIL regrouping in Afghanistan after Syria defeat [Video]Fears of ISIL regrouping in Afghanistan after Syria defeat

In Afghanistan, local militias form to fight ISIL members hiding out in the rugged east.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:36Published

Afghan president offers Taliban local office [Video]Afghan president offers Taliban local office

Ashraf Ghani said he was willing to 'sacrifice my head' for peace in Afghanistan. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Afghan Taliban Says No Date Yet For U.S. Troops Drawdown [Video]Afghan Taliban Says No Date Yet For U.S. Troops Drawdown

According to Reuters, a Taliban official said that no timetable had been agreed with the U.S. government for the partial withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and that negotiations were still..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

Taliban Says U.S. Promised To Cut Troops In Afghanistan By April [Video]Taliban Says U.S. Promised To Cut Troops In Afghanistan By April

A Taliban official said the United States had promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April. But a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Washington had “not agreed to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump Vows To End 'Endless Wars' [Video]Trump Vows To End 'Endless Wars'

According to Reuters, President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, and would be able to reduce U.S. troops there..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Mixed feelings in Afghanistan over US-Taliban talks [Video]Mixed feelings in Afghanistan over US-Taliban talks

Peace talks between the US and the Taliban have stirred up mixed feelings among Afghans.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

Trump Addresses Bringing Back US Troops From Afghanistan [Video]Trump Addresses Bringing Back US Troops From Afghanistan

President Donald Trump said his administration is accelerating negotiations in Afghanistan. They are looking to reach a political settlement and reduce the number of U.S. troops overseas. Trump said in..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump looks to bring troops home [Video]Trump looks to bring troops home

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was holding "constructive talks" with groups in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, and would be able to reduce the U.S. troop presence and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:47Published

Senate Breaks From Trump With Syria Troop Vote [Video]Senate Breaks From Trump With Syria Troop Vote

According to Reuters, the U.S. Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Fears a deal with the Taliban will affect Afghan women's rights [Video]Fears a deal with the Taliban will affect Afghan women's rights

Many Afghan women think a deal between the US and the Taliban will limit their rights.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:50Published

Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran' [Video]Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to 'watch Iran'

U.S. President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran "because Iran is a real problem," according to a CBS interview..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:37Published

U.S. Sees Contours of Peace Accord With Taliban to End War In Afghanistan [Video]U.S. Sees Contours of Peace Accord With Taliban to End War In Afghanistan

According to Reuters, the United States and the Taliban have sketched the outlines for an eventual peace accord to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan. U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Distrust of polio vaccine plagues Afghanistan [Video]Distrust of polio vaccine plagues Afghanistan

Many parents in rural areas suspect that polio vaccines are used for spying or contain questionable ingredients.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

Afghanistan peace 'not going to be an easy process': US official [Video]Afghanistan peace 'not going to be an easy process': US official

The US could leave Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban joining government and ensuring the country will not be used by armed groups, but achieving peace will be far more complicated.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

The Senate Just Rebuked Trump's Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Syria and Afghanistan [Video]The Senate Just Rebuked Trump's Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Syria and Afghanistan

In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Senate has voted 68-23 to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:17Published

 

Exclusive: U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan in belt-tightening - general

Even before any peace push-related drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander, a U.S. general told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

The Afghan village built from missiles

the afghan village built from missiles
Residents of Qezelabad in Afghanistan have lived for years in homes held up by unexploded weapons.
BBC News - Published

Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talks

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday it was important for the Afghan government to be included in talks to end the country's 17-year war, an involvement that the Taliban has so..
Reuters - Published

Afghan president offers Taliban local office, but group wants Doha instead

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered the Taliban the possibility of opening an office in Afghanistan but the proposal was swiftly spurned by the group that is determined to keep his..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Long a spoiler, Pakistan starts behind-scenes aid to U.S.-Taliban talks

Pakistan, long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan, has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by..
Reuters - Published

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