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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

AFG

Website

Afghanistan

Established

8/19/1919

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

9/24/2007


Institutions

Afghan Executive

Badakhshan

Badghis

Baghlan

Balkh

Bamyan

Daykundi

Farah

Faryab

Ghazni

Ghor

Hilmand

Hirat

Jawzjan

Kabul

Kandahar

Kapisa

Khost

Kunar

Kunduz

Laghman

Logar

Nangarhar

Nimroz

Nuristan

Paktika

Paktya

Panjsher

Parwan

Samangan

Sari Pul

Takhar

Uruzgan

Wardak

Zabul


DESCRIPTION

Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 Communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan Communist regime, but withdrew 10 years later under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-Communist mujahedin rebels. A civil war between mujahedin factions erupted following the 1992 fall of the Communist regime. The Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy, seized Kabul in 1996 and most of the country outside of opposition Northern Alliance strongholds by 1998. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama BIN LADIN. In late 2001, a conference in Bonn, Germany, established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution and a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. On 7 December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically president of Afghanistan. The National Assembly was inaugurated on 19 December 2005. Area: 648,000 sq. km. (252,000 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than Texas. Capital: Kabul National Flag Description: The flag of Afganistan is a black, red and green tri-color with the national emblam in the center. Religious Adherents: http://www.thearda.com/internationalData/countries/Country_1_2.asp Muslim 97.9% Zoroastrian 1.7% Hindu 0.3% Baha'i 0.1%


INFO LINKS

Embassy of Afghanistan to Australia and New Zealand


MAP

 


MEDIA

News Service

Afghan News Network


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

7/18/2013 9:00 am

News

Taliban commander to Malala Yousafzai: Allow me to explain why we tried to kill you

ChronoT

5/27/2013 9:00 pm

News

Taliban condemns Afghanistan balloon project

ChronoT

3/5/2013 11:00 am

News

Soviet war veteran found in Afghanistan after 33 years

Brandon

11/17/2012 6:00 am

Oops

Taliban accidentally CCs everybody on its mailing list

Imperator

2/1/2012 4:00 pm

Announcement

Panetta: US to end combat in Afghanistan next year

Brandon

12/15/2011 8:10 am

General

Saviour of 2,000 Afghans who saved a baby's life executed by the Taliban

Gaear Grimsrud

10/10/2011 2:30 pm

Report

U.N. Finds ‘Systematic’ Torture in Afghanistan

Homegrown Democrat

6/29/2011 5:00 am

News

Landmark Kabul hotel attacked by Taliban suicide bombers

ArmyDem

8/16/2010 2:00 am

News

In Bold Display, Taliban Order Stoning Deaths

Homegrown Democrat

6/13/2010 10:00 am

News

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

RP

5/15/2010 12:00 pm

General

Karzai's Nightlife Crackdown

ChronoT

1/28/2010 5:00 am

General

Taliban talks high on agenda of key Afghanistan summit

Jason

7/2/2009 6:00 am

News

Insurgents capture U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

Andy

5/10/2009 2:00 am

General

A million displaced in Pakistan's war with Taliban

kal

4/15/2009 12:10 pm

News

Afghan women pelted with stones during rape law protest

Monsieur

2/8/2009 5:00 am

General

Afghan leader: Need to reconcile with Taliban

kal

1/9/2009 4:15 pm

News

AP Afghan held for forced abortion of his sister

the wanderer

1/1/2009 1:00 pm

News

Taleban ambush kills 20 policemen

Gaear Grimsrud

6/27/2008 10:00 am

News

Pakistan Denies Role in Attack

ArmyDem

4/19/2008 8:00 am

News

Afghan Commandos Emerge

ArmyDem

1/30/2008 3:00 pm

Legal Ruling

Afghan Reporter To Die For Insulting Islam

Brandon

12/22/2007 5:00 pm

News

French, Australian leaders visit Kabul

Gerald Farinas

11/28/2007 9:15 am

Event

Nato bomb 'kills Afghan workers'

MD Indy

12/30/2006 1:00 pm

News

Outgoing Gen. sees more Afghan battles

ChronoT

12/18/2006 6:00 pm

News

In Afghanistan, money tips the scales of justice

ArmyDem

12/14/2006 11:00 pm

Poll

Afghans Grateful for Foreign Troop Presence

Chase McFadden

12/6/2006 12:00 am

News

From Ruins of Afghan Buddhas, a History Grows

ArmyDem

11/29/2006 9:00 pm

News

Disembowelled, then torn apart: The price of daring to teach girls

--

10/28/2006 4:00 pm

Announcement

Mullah Omar rejects Karzai talks offer

ChronoT

10/13/2006 9:00 pm

News

Troops battle 10-foot marijuana plants

ChronoT

9/15/2006 6:00 pm

News

Afghanistan body count raises skepticism

ChronoT

7/23/2006 2:00 pm

News

'Ministry of vice' fills Afghan women with fear

--

9/10/2006 8:00 pm

News

Military warns of Kabul bombing cell

ChronoT

9/7/2006 4:00 pm

Obituary

Taliban making inroads in key Afghan province

--

9/7/2006 7:15 am

Analysis

NATO general: More troops needed in Afghanistan

Homegrown Democrat

9/4/2006 6:00 pm

News

Afghanistan's opium babies

ChronoT

8/15/2006 1:30 pm

Report

Afghan opium cultivation hits a record

RP

8/3/2006 3:45 pm

General

Afghanistan deports Christian Koreans

RP

4/30/1986 11:00 am

General

The [Soviet] War in Afghanistan

ArmyDem

7/18/2006 5:00 pm

News

Soldiers reclaim Afghan town from Taliban

kal

7/17/2006 6:35 pm

News

Taliban takes control of 2 Afghan towns

RP

6/30/2006 5:00 pm

News

Taliban following lead of militant Iraqis

Brandon

5/31/2006 1:00 am

News

Taliban kill, kidnap dozens of Afghan police

ChronoT

5/26/2006 7:00 am

News

Taliban Offensive Shot to Pieces

kal

4/17/2006 12:00 pm

General

A Friend in Need

ArmyDem

3/19/2006 2:00 pm

News

Afghan Christian Could Get Death Sentence

ChronoT

3/17/2006 12:00 am

Announcement

Taliban warns US of spring onslaught

ChronoT

2/14/2006 8:00 pm

General

Wanted: A Few Good Taliban Recruits

ChronoT

11/27/2005 11:00 pm

News

Afghans Confront Surge in Violence

ArmyDem

11/27/2005 11:15 am

News

Editor's jailing tests Afghan democracy

ArmyDem

11/22/2005 6:00 pm

General

Time to talk: US engages the Taliban

RP

11/21/2005 11:00 am

Opinion

West 'should buy the Afghan opium crop'

RP

11/7/2005 8:00 pm

Analysis

Delays Hurting U.S. Rebuilding in Afghanistan

RP

10/23/2005 6:35 pm

General

Islamists and Mujahedeen Secure Victory in Afghan Vote

RP

10/7/2005 5:00 pm

News

Afghan vote has 1st winners

Nothing wrong, just gone

10/2/2005 8:00 pm

Report

Voting Fraud Is Found in Afghanistan's Election

RP

9/5/2005 1:00 am

General

U.N. Urges Some Staff to Leave Afghanistan

ChronoT

7/16/2005 3:45 am

General

Taliban hang Afghan tribal chief

RP

6/14/2005 3:20 pm

General

Expert Warns of Afghan Cholera Epidemic

RP

5/22/2005 2:20 pm

News

Secret UK troops plan for Afghan crisis

RP

5/21/2005 9:00 pm

News

Karzai Wants More Control of U.S. Forces

Brandon

5/17/2005 1:10 pm

News

Afghan Riots Not Tied to Report on Quran Handling, General Says

Guy

5/13/2005 5:00 pm

News

Protests Against U.S. Spread Across Afghanistan

RP

4/26/2005 2:00 pm

General

Afghan Woman Reportedly Stoned to Death over Adultery Claim

RP

4/26/2005 5:00 pm

News

Afghan Farmers Defy U.S. Opium Clampdown

Brandon

4/23/2005 7:00 pm

News

9/11 Mother Sees Afghan School She Funded

Brandon

4/11/2005 5:35 pm

News

Racy Afghan TV show hits a raw nerve

Guy

4/8/2004 12:00 am

News

Afghan City Falls Despite Troop Dispatch

Gerald Farinas

12/14/2003 12:00 am

News

Afghans debate new constitution

Picimpalious

11/9/2003 12:00 am

News

Miss Afghanistan could be charged over contest

--

10/1/2003 12:00 am

News

Karzai to seek new term

Picimpalious

10/26/2003 12:00 am

News

Kabul strikes deal with warlords

Picimpalious


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