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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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Afghanistan President: Pakistan still shelters insurgents

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly..
Reuters - Published

Trump says Taliban must curb violence for meaningful Afghanistan talks

U.S. President Donald Trump told Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani that there cannot be meaningful negotiations until the Taliban significantly reduces its violence, the White House said in a..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Afghanistan


Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced last year [Video]Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced last year

Al Jazeera looks at the conditions in Afghanistan that force men displaced by conflict and poverty into the ranks of armed groups.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:20Published

Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help [Video]Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help

Al Jazeera reports from a rural community in Afghanistan that is finding it difficult to cope with the heavy snowfalls.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:07Published

Canada's foreign affairs minister demands full transparency and cooperation by Iran [Video]Canada's foreign affairs minister demands full transparency and cooperation by Iran

Ministers from five countries who lost citizens in the passenger jet shot down over Tehran have called on Iran to accept "full responsibility" and compensate the victims' families. Foreign Secretary..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:57Published

Foreign ministers pay respects to Iran plane victims [Video]Foreign ministers pay respects to Iran plane victims

Dominic Raab and foreign ministers from Canada, Ukraine, Sweden and Afghanistan lit candles and observed a silence to remember the 176 people who died when a passenger plane was shot down in Iran on..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:48Published

Avalanches in Kashmir kill dozens [Video]Avalanches in Kashmir kill dozens

Dozens of people have died after avalanches were triggered in both Pakistan and India-controlled Kashmir. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

Afghan poll results suggest slim win for Ghani [Video]Afghan poll results suggest slim win for Ghani

Afghanistan's incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a slim majority of votes in a September election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Afghanistan election: President Ghani on course for second term [Video]Afghanistan election: President Ghani on course for second term

Preliminary results, originally due in October, show Ghani leading with over 50 percent of votes.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:10Published

Internet blackout hits India unrest, mass arrests [Video]Internet blackout hits India unrest, mass arrests

The protests that have swept India enters its second week. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is refusing to budge on the controversial citizenship law that sparked the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Indian court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law [Video]Indian court turns down petition to stop implementation of citizenship law

India's top court on Wednesday refused to stall the implementation of a new law that lays out a path for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries for Indian citizenship, despite violent..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 00:59Published

Buses torched as protests continue over India citizenship law [Video]Buses torched as protests continue over India citizenship law

Demonstrators torched vehicles in New Delhi on Sunday (December 15) as protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fifth straight day across the country.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated [Video]ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated

Afghan authorities say sustained bombing campaign has significantly reduced the threat of ISIL. Al Jazeera speaks to the rural communities caught in the crossfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:24Published

Protesters boycott exams, hunger strike against India’s Citizenship Act [Video]Protesters boycott exams, hunger strike against India’s Citizenship Act

Protesters across India continued their agitation on Saturday against the controversial religion-based Citizenship Law that allows non-Muslim persecuted minority refugees from neighbouring countries to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Soldier shows off stunning workout routine in Afghanistan [Video]Soldier shows off stunning workout routine in Afghanistan

Soldier and fitness enthusiast Diamond Ott flexes his muscles during impressive workout in Afghanistan

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:57Published

Protests flare as India passes controversial citizenship law [Video]Protests flare as India passes controversial citizenship law

India's ruling Hindu nationalist government on Wednesday won parliamentary approval for a far-reaching citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution, as protests..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:05Published

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

 

Remains of fallen paratrooper return home to Fort Bragg

Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, was killed Jan. 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
USATODAY.com - Published

Taliban open to 10-day ceasefire with U.S., talks with Afghan govt -sources

The Taliban will implement a 10-day ceasefire with U.S. troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in..
Reuters - Published

Pence Observes Transfer of Remains of 2 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

A stop at Dover Air Force Base capped a day filled with a variety of appearances made by the vice president.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. Army green berets admit to stealing $200,000 in counter-terrorism cash

A former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier has pleaded guilty to conspiring with four others to steal $200,000 in government cash meant to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and now faces up to 15 years..
Reuters - Published

At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan

A severe cold snap killed at least 17 people in Afghanistan on Saturday, government officials said, as heavy snowfall and rain continued to lash parts of the country.
Reuters - Published

Roadside bomb kills two U.S. personnel, wounds two more in Afghan south

A roadside bomb killed two U.S. military personnel and wounded two others in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said, an attack claimed by the Taliban.
Reuters - Published

2 US service members killed in roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan

The service members were part of an operation with NATO's Resolute Support mission, the NATO-led security assistance mission in Afghanistan.
USATODAY.com - Published

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Two U.S. service members were killed and two others wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a..
Reuters - Published

Bomb hits foreign troops in Afghan south, no word on casualties

A roadside bomb hit a convoy of U.S. troops on Saturday in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, a NATO spokesman and an Afghan official said, but there were no immediate details of casualties..
Reuters - Published

Refugees give thanks through big Thanksgiving meal

The Kashefis, refugees from Afghanistan, say they have a lot to be thankful for as they cook Thanksgiving dinner with their new friends in Los Angeles.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Inside the U.S. military's raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead

G4S subsidiary ArmorGroup hired Afghan warlords who battled with U.S. Marines. It ended with one of the worst civilian casualty disasters of the war.
USATODAY.com - Published

Weary Veterans Exemplify a Nation Reluctant for War With Iran

While as mixed in their views as other Americans, the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now a larger proportion of critics of interventions in the regions they once fought in.
NYTimes.com - Published

'Wars cost': Veterans have a message as tensions reach a 12-year high in the Middle East

Years deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have given veterans important perspective as the nation again focuses its attention on conflict in the Middle East.
USATODAY.com - Published

Two pilots killed in Afghan military helicopter crash

Two military pilots were killed on Wednesday when their Mi35 helicopter crashed in the western Afghan province of Farah due to a technical fault, the defense ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo accuses Iran of undermining Afghanistan peace efforts

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Iran of working to thwart efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

Afghan translators worry as Iran tension escalates

As hostility mounts toward the U.S in neighboring Iran, interpreters in Afghanistan who served alongside U.S. service members are desperate to get out – some in their country consider them traitors...
USATODAY.com - Published

John Bass, U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan, Steps Down on Cusp of New Peace Deal

The State Department said it was typical for ambassadors to serve only two years in Kabul, given the high-stress nature of the job.
NYTimes.com - Published

Taliban council agrees to temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan

The Taliban said Sunday they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide.
USATODAY.com - Published

AP Top Stories December 26 A

Here's the latest for Thursday December 26th: Netanyahu rushed from stage during rocket attack; Tennessee stabbing suspect caught; Remains of soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to US; Sen...
USATODAY.com - Published

27 local peace activists abducted in western Afghanistan

Taliban militants have kidnapped 27 peace activists from a highway in Afghanistan's western Farah province, local officials and peace activists said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Taliban kill 15 in attack on Afghan security checkpoint: local officials

Taliban militants ambushed a government checkpoint in Balkh province in Afghanistan's north, killing at least 15 members of the security forces, local officials said on Tuesday, the latest in an..
Reuters - Published

Afghan election runoff likely amid thousands of complaints: officials

Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission said on Monday the election might go to a second round as it begins reviewing thousands of complaints a day after the preliminary result handed incumbent..
Reuters - Published

Taliban kill U.S. force member in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban said their fighters killed a U.S. service member in Afghanistan on Monday and posted photographs of a blood-soaked backpack and the identity card of a American soldier to prove it.
Reuters - Published

Taliban claim responsibility for killing U.S. force member: spokesman

The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for killing a U.S. service member during clashes with U.S. and Afghan government forces in the northern province of Kunduz, a Taliban spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's Ghani claims narrow win in preliminary presidential vote results

Afghanistan's incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday, after a poll that plunged the country into political..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's Ghani wins slim majority of presidential vote in preliminary results

Afghanistan's incumbent President, Ashraf Ghani, won a slim majority of votes in a Sept. 28 election, delayed preliminary results showed on Sunday, in a poll that plunged the country into political..
Reuters - Published

Roadside bomb kills 10 members of Afghan family

A roadside bomb killed 10 members of one family, including three women and two children, in southeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. officials 'pause' Taliban talks after suicide attack

U.S. negotiators are taking a "brief pause" from talks with the Taliban after the militants launched a suicide attack on a U.S. base outside Kabul killing two civilians, Special Envoy for Afghanistan..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: What does passage of India's controversial citizenship bill mean?

India's parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that will allow citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh..
Reuters - Published

Taliban attack on U.S. military base kills two, injures dozens

Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo condemns deadly Taliban attack on U.S. military base

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday condemned a suicide bombing in Afghanistan near Bagram air force base that he said killed more than four dozen civilians and wounded at least five..
Reuters - Published

Afghan blasts kill one, injure scores in attack on key U.S. military base

Suicide blasts in Afghanistan killed one person and injured more than 60 in an attack on Wednesday on the United States' main military base of Bagram that was repulsed after a 30-minute clash, Afghan..
Reuters - Published

Blast outside main U.S. base in Afghanistan wounds five

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan detonated explosives on Wednesday outside the United States' main military base of Bagram in an attack that wounded five people, Afghan and NATO officials said.
Reuters - Published

Suicide bomber detonates explosives outside main U.S. base in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the United States' main Bagram military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Afghan and NATO officials said.
Reuters - Published

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

'Truth was rarely welcome': US officials held bleak view of war in Afghanistan, documents reveal

Many top U.S. officials held sharply negative views of the U.S. entry into Afghanistan and bleak assessments of the prospects for future success.
USATODAY.com - 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

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

Liberal Veterans’ Group Endorses Pete Buttigieg in 2020 Race

VoteVets is the first major organization to endorse the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who served in Afghanistan with the Navy.
NYTimes.com - 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

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