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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-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, while 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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Afghan president urges new lawmakers to participate in peace process

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani encouraged newly-elected lawmakers to participate in the peace process with the Taliban as he opened on Friday the first session of parliament since a controversial..
Reuters - Published

How the US military's opium war in Afghanistan was lost

how the us military's opium war in afghanistan was lost
The US has spent $1.5m a day fighting the opium war in Afghanistan. Why is business still booming?
BBC News - Published

Videos for Afghanistan

New missile gap leaves U.S. scrambling to counter China [Video]New missile gap leaves U.S. scrambling to counter China

Under Xi Jinping, Beijing has elevated its missile forces to a point where many rockets in the Chinese arsenal now rival or outperform those of the United States. This dramatic shift could render..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:52Published

Is Joe Biden His Own Worst Enemy? [Video]Is Joe Biden His Own Worst Enemy?

Joe Biden is set to run for President. Politico is speculating that Biden's worst enemy may be Joe Biden himself. Biden is carrying with him nearly a half a century in the major leagues of American..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:52Published

7 People Killed In Attack On Afghan Communications Ministry In Central Kabul [Video]7 People Killed In Attack On Afghan Communications Ministry In Central Kabul

According to a report by Reuters, at least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Explosives Detonated At Afghan Communications Ministry In Kabul [Video]Explosives Detonated At Afghan Communications Ministry In Kabul

According to a report by CNN, on Saturday, an hours-long siege on the Afghan communications ministry in Kabul ended after security forces killed all five attackers. Spokesman Basir Mojahid said that..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:48Published

Blast, gunfire as attackers hit ministry building in Kabul - officials [Video]Blast, gunfire as attackers hit ministry building in Kabul - officials

Gunmen attacked the communications ministry in the center of Kabul on Saturday, interrupting months of relative calm in the Afghan capital and underlining security threats that have continued despite..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Heroic Chaplain Saves Artifacts In Notre Dame From Fire [Video]Heroic Chaplain Saves Artifacts In Notre Dame From Fire

According to CNN, a chaplain with the Paris fire service saved relics from a fire that devastated the Notre Dame Cathedral. Jean-Marc Fournier entered the cathedral with firefighters to help salvage..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Marine crawls to marathon finish line for fallen comrades [Video]Marine crawls to marathon finish line for fallen comrades

A Marine from Ohio crawled to the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, more than three and a half hours after starting the race in honor of three fallen comrades who died while serving together in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:40Published

Afghanistan's mortar explosion kills seven children, wounds 10 [Video]Afghanistan's mortar explosion kills seven children, wounds 10

Last year, nearly 1,500 civilians were killed or hurt by landmines or unexploded munitions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:07Published

Buttigieg Officially Announces He's Running for President [Video]Buttigieg Officially Announces He's Running for President

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, set up an exploratory committee back in January.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:10Published

Afghan bird hunters carry on tradition amid chaos [Video]Afghan bird hunters carry on tradition amid chaos

Bird hunting is an ancient sport in Afghanistan, where local and migrating species have flocked for thousands of years. The tradition has persisted even through 40 years of violent conflict thanks to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:51Published

Taliban launches deadly attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz [Video]Taliban launches deadly attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz

The group's fighters attacked the city from various directions after midnight, killing many and wounding over 50 others.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

Taliban Opens Offensive Fights Across Afghanistan [Video]Taliban Opens Offensive Fights Across Afghanistan

According to Reuters.com, "Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, a day after the launch of their annual spring offensive, as fighting intensified across the country..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

ICC Rejects Request to Investigate War Crimes in Afghanistan [Video]ICC Rejects Request to Investigate War Crimes in Afghanistan

​ICC judges ruled unanimously "that an investigation [...] at this stage would not serve the interests of justice."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

Bomb in market kills 16 in southwest Pakistan [Video]Bomb in market kills 16 in southwest Pakistan

A bomb hidden among bags of potatoes at a Pakistani market killed at least 16 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, police said on Friday (April 12) Rough cut - no reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:25Published

Thousands flee as ISIL fights Taliban for Afghanistan's Kunar province [Video]Thousands flee as ISIL fights Taliban for Afghanistan's Kunar province

More than 20 thousand people flee their homes as violence between ISIL and Taliban escalate.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:03Published

Three US Service Members, Contractor Killed In Afghanistan [Video]Three US Service Members, Contractor Killed In Afghanistan

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

3 U.S. Service Members, 1 Contractor Killed In Afghanistan Explosion [Video]3 U.S. Service Members, 1 Contractor Killed In Afghanistan Explosion

Reuters reports three U.S. service members and an American contractor were killed in Afghanistan by a car bomb on Monday. The NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in the statement that three U.S...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Greek police clash with migrants, block access to border route [Video]Greek police clash with migrants, block access to border route

Riot police fired teargas at migrants and refugees, which included children, in Greece on Saturday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:21Published

Migrants camp out in Northern Greece in false hope of borders opening [Video]Migrants camp out in Northern Greece in false hope of borders opening

Migrants remained in tents in Northern Greece for the third day, on Saturday (April 6) galvanized by reports on social media of plans for an organised movement to cross Greece's northern border. Rough..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

NATO Ministers Gather for 70th Anniversary [Video]NATO Ministers Gather for 70th Anniversary

On NATO's 70th anniversary, foreign ministers from around the 29 member states still say they're committed to maintaining the alliance.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 02:46Published

NATO Head Jens Stoltenberg Gets a Warm Welcome From Congress [Video]NATO Head Jens Stoltenberg Gets a Warm Welcome From Congress

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made his case for the 70-year-old alliance in front of a very receptive joint session of Congress.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Afghanistan floods kill 17, worsen already desperate situation [Video]Afghanistan floods kill 17, worsen already desperate situation

Heavy rains caused flash floods in western Afghanistan that killed at least 17 people, destroying homes and sweeping through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Two US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Identified [Video]Two US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Identified

According to NATO Resolute Support, the two were conducting an operation when they were killed Friday.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

Two US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan [Video]Two US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

According to NATO Resolute Support, the two were conducting an operation when they were killed Friday.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:52Published

New Zealanders hold moment of silence for mosque shooting victims [Video]New Zealanders hold moment of silence for mosque shooting victims

From bikies in Tauranga to people on the streets of Wellington, New Zealanders pause for a moment of reflection on Friday to mourn the Christchurch mosque shooting victims. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

 

Exclusive: U.S. accelerates plan to drastically downsize Kabul embassy - sources

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accelerating a plan to cut up to half of the workforce at the U.S. embassy in Kabul starting at the end of next month, sparking concern it will undermine the fragile..
Reuters - Published

Senior U.N. official meets Taliban negotiators in Qatar

The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan met the Taiban's chief negotiator in Qatar on Thursday, the movement's chief spokesman said, as moves continue to try to start full peace negotiations to..
Reuters - Published

London Marathon runner: 'I've never surrendered to blindness'

london marathon runner: 'i've never surrendered to blindness'
A former army interpreter, blinded by an explosion in Afghanistan, prepares for the London Marathon.
BBC News - Published

Former presidents of ICC group call for review of court

The first five presidents of the International Criminal Court's oversight body called on Thursday for a review of the institution's functioning, following its April 12 decision not to investigate..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan feels impact of Iran's economic isolation

Abdul Saboor escaped poverty and instability in Afghanistan three years ago with his wife and three children and found work in neighboring Iran. Now he has returned home, despite the fact that life..
Reuters - Published

UN: More civilians killed by Afghan forces than Taliban

un: more civilians killed by afghan forces than taliban
The agency says, for first time, Afghan and international forces killed the most civilians this year.
BBC News - Published

Heavy fighting flares between Taliban, Islamic State in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban insurgents are battling fighters loyal to Islamic State over control of territory in eastern Afghanistan in some of the heaviest clashes over the past year between the rival militants,..
Reuters - Published

Russia, U.S., China aim to cajole Taliban into inter-Afghan talks

Russia, the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians, an important step in a process aimed at ending the..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan civilian casualties fall amid fewer suicide attacks-UN report

Civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict dropped by almost a quarter in the first three months of the year, amid freezing winter weather and a sharp fall in the number of suicide attacks, the..
Reuters - Published

Afghan Supreme Court allows Ghani term to cover delay to election

Afghanistan's Supreme Court has ruled that President Ashraf Ghani can stay in office until a much-delayed presidential election, which is due to be held after his mandate expires next month, officials..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly attack on Afghan ministry: Amaq

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack at the communications ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed seven people, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Afghan communications ministry attacked, seven killed

At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security..
Reuters - Published

Gunmen attack Afghan communications ministry in Kabul

Gunmen attacked the communications ministry in the center of Kabul on Saturday, interrupting months of relative calm in the Afghan capital and underlining security threats that have continued despite..
Reuters - Published

Ministry building under attack in Kabul

Explosion and gunfire heard in Afghan capital Kabul as ministry of information HQ comes under attack
BBC News - Published

Blast followed by gunfire in Afghan capital: police

An explosion followed by gunfire hit the center of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, close to the communications ministry and one of the city's main hotels, officials said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy 'disappointed' by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting

The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on Friday after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of..
Reuters - Published

Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said on Thursday, citing..
Reuters - Published

Confusion, mistrust ahead of Afghan peace meeting in Doha

The latest meetings between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society representatives aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan are set to begin on Friday in an atmosphere..
Reuters - Published

U.N. highlights torture in Afghan jails but says progress is being made

Afghan security forces have inflicted less torture and mistreatment of prisoners detained in conflict in recent years but "horrendous" practices persist despite new laws, the United Nations said on..
Reuters - Published

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