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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in 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 32 million, mostly composed of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

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Pentagon privately voiced concerns about Afghan war: Washington Post

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Pentagon officials privately told a watchdog for years about their deep concerns about the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan, including senior officials who..
Reuters - Published

Shooting in the dark; Afghanistan's endless war pits brother against brother

The 19-year-old Taliban deserter is haunted by the memory of the attack on a police checkpoint in northern Afghanistan in August.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Afghanistan


Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency in Afghanistan [Video]Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency in Afghanistan

Doctor Tetsu Nakamura, who devoted decades of his life to helping people in Afghanistan, is killed along with five others in a gun attack on his vehicle. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume [Video]US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume

Taliban says it is willing to restart peace talks with US, as President Trump tells troops in Afghanistan he thinks group is ready to strike a deal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:48Published

In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed [Video]In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed

Donald Trump makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, his first since becoming the US president.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:03Published

Trump Makes Secret Trip To Afghanistan On Thanksgiving Day [Video]Trump Makes Secret Trip To Afghanistan On Thanksgiving Day

President Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day. According to Business Insider, the White House kept the trip tightly under wraps. While there, Trump served..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving [Video]Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump has paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the US and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published

In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire [Video]In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan [Video]'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

French military operations in Africa is strategic, unlike in Afghanistan [Video]French military operations in Africa is strategic, unlike in Afghanistan

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:21Published

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap [Video]U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

Afghan and Taliban sources confirm that a prisoner swap has successfully released American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, faculty at the American University in Kabul, in exchange for captured..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan [Video]Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan

A trailblazing journalist at Afghanistan's first all-female TV station tells Al Jazeera her story.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa [Video]Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

The global coalition to defeat Islamic State is turning its attention to combating the group in North and West Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:21Published

Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars [Video]Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars

Posthumous medals were awarded to animals who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors [Video]Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:10Published

Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani [Video]Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors [Video]Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he has secured the release of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan in exchange for three captured Taliban. It's part of a wider effort to revamp..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Meghan's first visit to Westminister Abbey's Field of Remembrance [Video]Meghan's first visit to Westminister Abbey's Field of Remembrance

Britain's Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, made her first visit to Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance on Thursday (November 7), joining her husband Prince Harry in planting a memorial cross ahead of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Trump Compares Chicago Crime To Afghanistan [Video]Trump Compares Chicago Crime To Afghanistan

President Donald Trump visited Chicago and had nothing but bad things to say about the city. According to Reuters, the president compared the crime in Chicago to Afghanistan. He said: “Afghanistan is..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper [Video]US cutting troops but ‘still committed’ to Afghan solution: Esper

Reducing the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan was goal of recent talks between the US and the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan [Video]House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

 

Tetsu Nakamura: Japanese doctor killed in Afghanistan returns home

Gunmen shot Tetsu Nakamura, 73, while he was travelling in a car in Afghanistan this week.
BBC News - Published

Panipat: The Bollywood battle over a 400-year-old war

Afghan film fans are up in arms after images of Bollywood's latest epic, Panipat, were released.
BBC News - Published

Japanese doctor made the Afghan deserts green, until deadly attack

Tetsu Nakamura, the Japanese doctor and aid worker killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, was inspired to make the country's deserts green by the deaths of children in a clinic he ran in a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to..
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy to rejoin Doha talks with Taliban after Kabul visit, says State Department

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in..
Reuters - Published

Trump lawyer argues against Afghan war crimes investigation

A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump argued at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday that prosecutors were wrong to seek an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan that could..
Reuters - Published

Afghan victims ask ICC to open Afghan war crimes investigation on appeal

Lawyers representing victims of the Afghanistan conflict on Wednesday urged the International Criminal Court to allow a war crimes investigation that would include scrutinizing the actions of U.S...
Reuters - Published

Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency, five others in Afghanistan

Gunmen killed six people, including the head of a Japanese aid agency, on Wednesday in an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Japan AM Abe: shocked at death of Japanese aid agency chief in Afghanistan

Japan Prime Minister Abe said he was shocked at death of Tetsu Nakamura, the Japanese aid agency chief who was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Six dead in Afghanistan after gun attack on Japanese NGO vehicle: officials

Six people including the head of a Japanese NGO were killed on Wednesday after unknown gunmen attacked their vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital city of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province,..
Reuters - Published

Trump lawyer to contest ICC efforts to open Afghan war crimes probe

One of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyers will speak to the International Criminal Court on Wednesday to block efforts by the chief prosecutor to open a war crimes investigation that would..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan 'not necessarily' tied to Taliban deal - Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that any future troop drawdowns in Afghanistan were "not necessarily" linked to a deal with Taliban insurgents, suggesting some lowering of force levels..
Reuters - Published

No phones, scripted tweets: How Trump's Afghanistan trip was kept under wraps

Notorious for leaks and chastened by previous security lapses, the White House went to unusual lengths to keep President Donald Trump's Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan under wraps, devising a cover..
Reuters - Published

After Trump's Afghan visit, Taliban say they are ready to resume peace talks

The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group..
Reuters - Published

Rashid Khan: Sussex sign leg-spinner for T20 Blast group stage

Sussex re-sign Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for next season's T20 Blast group stages.
BBC News - Published

Trump makes surprise Afghanistan trip, voices hope for ceasefire

President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.
Reuters - Published

Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan

President Donald Trump made an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday, his first trip to the country since becoming president and a week after a prisoner swap between..
Reuters - Published

Trump makes unannounced visit to US troops in Afghanistan

It is the US president's first trip to the war-torn country since he took office in 2017.
BBC News - Published

Chances of successful Afghanistan peace talks higher than before: U.S. general

The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the "near term."
Reuters - Published

Roadside bomb kills 15 Afghan civilians

At least 15 Afghan civilians, including eight children and six women, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northern Kunduz province, local officials said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Global death toll of landmines rises due to mines laid by militants

The global casualty toll of landmines doubled in 2018 from a 2013 low due to conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali and mostly due to the increased use of improvised landmines set by militant groups..
Reuters - Published

After U.S. pressure, Afghanistan frees activists who exposed sex abuse

Afghanistan on Wednesday released two civil society activists arrested after exposing alleged sexual abuse of hundreds of school children, following pressure from the United States and international..
Reuters - Published

Grenade thrown at U.N. vehicle in Kabul, one foreigner killed

A grenade was thrown at a vehicle belonging to United Nations in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing a foreign national and wounding five others, a government spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Trump travels to Delaware base to honor two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Thursday to receive the remains of two American soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week.
Reuters - Published

Qatar says played role in release of professors held in Afghanistan

Qatar on Thursday welcomed the release of U.S. and Australian university professors held in Afghanistan and said it had played an instrumental role in their release this week.
Reuters - Published

Red Cross says it handed over 10 Afghan soldiers after release by Taliban

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it facilitated the release of 10 Afghan security force members detained by the Taliban and handed them over to Afghan authorities.
Reuters - Published

Trump says he hopes release of captives in Afghanistan prompts ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes the release of two Western prisoners held hostage by the Afghan Taliban this week could help pave the way to an end to the war in Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash: U.S. military

Two United States service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

The women removing landmines in Afghanistan

Fatima and Fiza are part of the first all-female team helping to make Bamiyan province mine free.
BBC News - Published

Taliban frees two Western prisoners, U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace

The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan, U.S. and Australian officials said, completing a delayed prisoner..
Reuters - Published

U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace in release of two hostages

The United States welcomed the release on Tuesday of two U.S. and Australian men held by the Afghan Taliban and said the gesture, a recent decline in violence, and other developments gave it hope that..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's president claims victory over Islamic State

Security forces have "obliterated" Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, hours after a prisoner swap with Taliban insurgents raised hopes of a lull in..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan government officials said, completing a delayed prisoner swap and..
Reuters - Published

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