US defence secretary says Afghan forces ‘will play major role in stopping the Taliban’ as group steps up attacks.
Country at the crossroads of Central and South 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. Its population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
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Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) tells CNN’s Jake Tapper why he fears the US may regret its military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
People in the Afghan province of Logar say they are fearful after a powerful car bomb that happened as foreign troops are beginning..