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Landlocked country in South-Central Asia

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Afghanistan: Landlocked country in South-Central 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. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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Dargah Ajmer Sharif attracts people of all faiths [Video]

Dargah Ajmer Sharif attracts people of all faiths

Considered as one of the most popular Muslim pilgrimage centres, the dargah of Ajmer Sharif houses the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a holy saint who dedicated his entire life to the service of the..

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Afghanistan fighting continues despite peace talks [Video]

Afghanistan fighting continues despite peace talks

More violence has erupted between Taliban fighters and government troops in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan: US stands down in Helmand, Taliban to do the same [Video]

Afghanistan: US stands down in Helmand, Taliban to do the same

The Taliban has agreed to stop attacks after the US promised to halt its raids supporting Afghan forces in Helmand.

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Thousands flee amid fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces [Video]

Thousands flee amid fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces

Official says 30,000 people forced to leave homes in Helmand province as clashes between Taliban and security forces continue.

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Abdullah Abdullah on Afghan peace talks, India engaging with Taliban | Worldview [Video]

Abdullah Abdullah on Afghan peace talks, India engaging with Taliban | Worldview

The Afghan leadership won’t have concerns if India decides to engage with the Taliban, though a final decision in this matter will is New Delhi’s prerogative, Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah..

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'Connectivity in region will benefit countries': Abdullah Abdullah on SAARC's revival and India-Pak resolving issues [Video]

'Connectivity in region will benefit countries': Abdullah Abdullah on SAARC's revival and India-Pak resolving issues

While reacting on South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC's) revival and India-Pak resolving issues, the Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Abdullah..

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Engagement with Taliban is India's call, didn't ask directly: Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah [Video]

Engagement with Taliban is India's call, didn't ask directly: Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah

Commenting on whether Afghanistan wants India to engage with Taliban, the Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah said, "I didn't ask directly for..

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PM Modi assures of India's support for peace process in Afghanistan [Video]

PM Modi assures of India's support for peace process in Afghanistan

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on October 08 said that Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah briefed Prime Minister Narendra..

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India supports Afghan in journey towards peace, stability: Abdullah Abdullah [Video]

India supports Afghan in journey towards peace, stability: Abdullah Abdullah

The Afghanistan leader and Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation, Doctor Abdullah Abdullah said that India has been amongst the countries that helped Afghan in journey towards peace and..

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PM Modi meets Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah [Video]

PM Modi meets Afghan leader Abdullah Abdullah

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi met Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Doctor Abdullah Abdullah in New Delhi. Abdullah Abdullah had met NSA Ajit Doval on Oct 7.

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Insistence on violence will marginalise perpetrators: Afghan FM [Video]

Insistence on violence will marginalise perpetrators: Afghan FM

Afghan acting Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar expresses optimism about overcoming obstacles in Taliban talks.

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Afghan women's rights: Mother's names recorded on kids' ID cards [Video]

Afghan women's rights: Mother's names recorded on kids' ID cards

Former Taliban commander Akbar Agha says the law is un-Islamic.

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UNGA75: India exercises its Right to Reply for third time in response to Pakistan [Video]

UNGA75: India exercises its Right to Reply for third time in response to Pakistan

Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the Kashmir issue in the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, India promptly responded to Khan's comments and requested the..

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Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet [Video]

Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet

It is the first time after nearly two decades that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting face to face. But as they meet in Doha, attacks are continuing in Afghanistan.

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Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar [Video]

Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar

Nearly 20 years of war has led to the deaths and injury of an estimated 300,000 Iraqi and Afghan people.

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Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal [Video]

Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents met on Saturday to begin historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians...

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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.
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Latest wave of violence overshadows Afghan peace talks

Deadly violence is gripping Afghanistan despite ongoing peace talks. Lyce Ducet, from our partners at BBC News, is there following the latest developments.
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U.S. and Taliban to "re-set" as carnage escalates in Afghanistan

Despite an agreement to reduce violence, the Taliban launched an offensive, met by devastating U.S. air power. Now a U.S. envoy says both sides have agreed, again, to pull back.
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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.
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10/13: Red and Blue

Day 2 of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing; The fight to withdraw troops from Afghanistan
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Trump tweets troops in Afghanistan "should" be home by Christmas

The president tweeted that all troops there should be home by the holidays, but it's unclear whether he will follow through.
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U.S. Seeks to Draw Down Its Troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 by Early 2021

President Trump suggested a timeline as early as Christmas, prompting confusion among administration officials.
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Today in History for October 7th

Highlights of this day in history: U.S. and Britain strike Afghanistan; Achille Lauro hijacked; Supreme Court pick Clarence Thomas faces damaging claims; Matthew Shepard beaten to death; Singer John..
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Trump's ex-national security adviser H.R. McMaster warns Afghan peace talks will fail, leave US vulnerable

H.R. McMaster says he disagreed with some of Trump's decisions and doesn't understand others, such as praise for Putin: "I can't really explain it."
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H.R. McMaster says Trump’s Afghanistan policy makes U.S. less safe

"He, in effect, is partnering with the Taliban against, in many ways, the Afghan government," McMaster said of the president's plan in Afghanistan. See the full interview with the former National..
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Afghan and Taliban leaders hold first direct meeting as historic peace talks get underway

Historic, high-stakes peace talks are underway between the Taliban and Afghanistan officials in Qatar. The two sides are trying to negotiate an end to nearly two decades of war. CBS News foreign..
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What do the Taliban want out of the long-awaited "Intra-Afghan" talks?

It took years of cajoling by Washington to get the insurgents to agree to sit down with Afghan officials. They say they're ready "to be nice this time."
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Afghan government and Taliban begin peace talks in Doha, Qatar

The Afghan government and the Taliban met Saturday in Doha, Qatar, for the start of peace talks to end more than 40 years of war between the two parties. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended the..
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Better weather aids battle against deadly Western wildfires; Pompeo with Taliban and Afghan representatives at Doha talks; Security tight at anti-government rally in Beirut; Women among victims of..
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Historic Afghanistan peace talks begin in Qatar

One of the first items on the agenda will be a permanent cease-fire. Protection of rights, particularly women's, will also be high on the agenda.
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Army vet killed by Texas deputy buried in Alabama on 9/11

A Black Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and was shot to death by police in Texas was buried in his home state on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. (Sept. 11)  
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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton and Former Acting and Deputy Director of the CIA Michael Morell on “The Takeout” - 7/3/2020

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton talks about reports that Presiedent Trump ignored allegations of Russia placing bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan which was reportedly included in his..
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Senator Jack Reed on "The Takeout"

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed joins Major Garrett to discuss the Mueller report, impeachment and U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan on this week’s episode of “The Takeout with Major..
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Dozens killed in 2 bombings in Afghanistan; Weinstein's new attorney discusses case & "Me Too: movement
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WorldView: Rival Afghan inaugurations, International Women's Day and more

Two rival presidential inaugurations are being held in Afghanistan after claims of voter fraud in September's election. Australia faces a coronavirus controversy. And protesters march on International..
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Coronavirus raises concerns at Tokyo Olympics; clashes in Afghanistan amid U.S. peace talks

Some of the athletes and coaches participating in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo are concerned what will happen if the coronavirus keeps spreading. Also, there have been clashes between the Taliban and..
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Scores killed as flash flood tears through Afghan city, toppling homes

The head of a regional hospital told CBS News the confirmed death toll of 72 could "double, or even triple" as many were still trapped.
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Veteran who lost three limbs finds purpose in surfing

Retired Spc. Jose Martinez set off an IED while in Afghanistan, and through his journey to recovery, he's found friends to help him; Ricochet and para surfing.
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Amid coronavirus controversies, don't forget the nightmarish American death toll

Our View: COVID has killed more than the combined U.S. combat deaths of World War I and the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Remember that.
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Obama asks Pentagon to plan for total troop withdrawal in Afghanistan

President Obama told Afghan President Karzai if he doesn't sign security pact, US will pullout all troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Leigh Munsil, Defense Reporter for POLITICO, explains..
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Stanley McChrystal on Ukraine, Afghanistan and his proudest military moments

Ret. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about his memoir, "My Share of the Task," which is now out in..
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Soldier returns, surprises his son

An Army sergeant deployed to Afghanistan for nine months, returns home and surprises his son, who was blindfolded, as part of a game. WFSB's Hena Daniels reports.
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Kabul suicide bombing kills 21, including 3 Americans

A suicide bombing at a restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 21 people, including three Americans. The Taliban has claimed responsibility and says the attack was a reprisal..
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Tanks used in Iraq and Afghanistan given to local police departments

Armored vehicles used to protect American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are finding a second life back in the U.S. being used by local police forces. Jim Axelrod reports.
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Ten-year-old Afghan girl forced to wear suicide vest

The young Afghan girl was reportedly sent on a suicide mission by her brother, a Taliban commander. She is now in the custody of police after turning herself in. Norah O'Donnell reports.
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Headlines: Afghanistan to release 88 prisoners considered dangerous

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Afghanistan frees dozens more "dangerous" Taliban prisoners

Long-awaited "intra-Afghan talks" look increasingly likely as government starts releasing final group of insurgents under deal hashed out by U.S.
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Survivor, part two

Some 36 hours after his four-man Navy SEAL team was dropped into enemy territory in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, Marcus Luttrell says he was all alone. Special Operations Forces had..
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Hagel: Karzai's reluctance on security agreement is frustrating

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he hopes Afghan President Hamid Karzai signs a security agreement for a post-2014 U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
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How an Afghan and a Navy SEAL became "brothers"

Anderson Cooper hangs out with "blood brothers," former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and Afghan villager Mohammad Gulab
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Hagel says Afghan security deal in President Karzai's hands

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said there is a "very real possibility" that a total troop pullout will happen in 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security pact. Hagel says, "It..
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"Lone Survivor" SEAL recounts deadly battle

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell sat down with "60 Minutes" correspondent, Anderson Cooper to discuss the battle that claimed the lives of the rest of his SEAL Team, and left him alone, and fighting for his..
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Vet: "We all had our own war"

In 2001, Gable Darbonne was out of high school and headed to college. But then 9/11 happened and Gable joined the Army instead -- serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. He talks with Scott Pelley about..
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Inside Transitions Therapy

Iraq and Afghan war veterans take part in a therapy session developed to help them psychologically move from the battlefield back to their life at home. Dr. Kevin Reeder facilitates the session.
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War surgeon saved lives under pressure

As a trauma surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan, Former U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph Rappold kept young soldiers alive under dangerous conditions. Now at Temple University School of Medicine, he says, nothing..
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Six states have entered a pact to reduce testing times. About one-third of Afghanistan’s population, or roughly 10 million people, have probably been infected by the coronavirus and recovered, its..
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ISIS-claimed attack on Afghan prison leaves many dead

It also resulted in the escape of hundreds of inmates in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
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Trump calls Russia bounties report another 'hoax'

President Donald Trump said Friday he believes reports that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan "is another Russian hoax." (July 31)  
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Trump won't talk bounties; touts 'very good' polls

President Donald Trump refused to say whether reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan came up during his phone call with President Vladimir Putin Thursday. He also dismissed recent..
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Three Marines, Now a Focus of Russian Bounties Investigation, Show the Costs of an Endless War

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is now described as training, advising and assisting Afghan troops. But American forces are still patrolling areas that are as deadly as they were in 2001.
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Congress Presses Military Leaders on Suspected Russian Bounties

Two House hearings grappled with a C.I.A. assessment that Russia offered payments to kill American troops in Afghanistan — and White House inaction on the months-old judgment.
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I Watched My War Story Become a Movie

I witnessed the making of “The Outpost,” a film about the day my unit fought off 300 Taliban fighters who tried to overrun our camp in Afghanistan.
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