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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 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. 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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Afghan suspected of killing one, wounding another in Austria knife attacks

A knife-wielding Afghan man is suspected of killing one person and badly wounding another in a series of attacks in Austria on Monday, police said.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan's all-female orchestra is hoping to revive banned music

Members of Zohra - Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestral ensemble - will take to the stage for two special performances in Melbourne and Sydney.
SBS - Published

Videos for Afghanistan

Afghanistan's delayed election results raising concerns [Video]Afghanistan's delayed election results raising concerns

Afghanistan’s Election Commission is struggling to meet its own deadline to announce preliminary results of last month's presidential poll.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

Attacks on Afghan schools soar [Video]Attacks on Afghan schools soar

At least 700 schools have closed due to conflict and more than 3.7 million children are currently out of school.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:00Published

40,000 toy soldiers highlight plight of injured British veterans [Video]40,000 toy soldiers highlight plight of injured British veterans

An installation of 40,000 miniature toy soldiers in a shopping centre in Manchester, northern England, highlights the plight that many British soldiers face if their careers are ended by injury. Rough..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout [Video]Afghan forces face heavy toll after US troop pullout

Since US withdrew soldiers from Afghanistan, conflict with Taliban fighters has killed at least 45,000 Afghan troops.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election [Video]Violence, conflict blamed for low voter turnout in Afghan presidential election

A preliminary count of voter participation in the first round of Afghanistan's presidential vote indicates a sharp drop in turnout, in an election held amid Taliban threats to disrupt the process.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

Afghan election beset by low turnout, technical glitches [Video]Afghan election beset by low turnout, technical glitches

Millions of Afghans brave persistent Taliban threats to cast their ballots in the fourth presidential polls.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Afghanistan elections: US calls for transparent process [Video]Afghanistan elections: US calls for transparent process

US calls for credible and transparent presidential elections in Afghanistan following the collapse of peace talks with the Taliban.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in presidential elections [Video]Millions of Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in presidential elections

Tens of thousands of Afghan forces were deployed across 34 provinces to protect the country's nine million registered voters from Taliban attacks.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:49Published

Afghanistan boosts security for presidential election [Video]Afghanistan boosts security for presidential election

About 100,000 security personnel are to guard polling stations in the wake of Taliban threats.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

Vote rigging, fraud overshadow Afghan election [Video]Vote rigging, fraud overshadow Afghan election

The US says corruption within the Afghan government has reached such unacceptable levels that it was forced to freeze $160m in aid.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:01Published

Afghan forces' raid on Taliban hideout kills dozens of civilians [Video]Afghan forces' raid on Taliban hideout kills dozens of civilians

At least 40 civilians killed in air raid and ground assault on Taliban hideouts by Afghan special forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:56Published

Wedding guests killed in Afghan army raid [Video]Wedding guests killed in Afghan army raid

At least 35 people attending an Afghan wedding have been killed in a raid by the Afghan army on a nearby militant hideout on Sunday evening. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

Troops protect people in Afghan climate protest [Video]Troops protect people in Afghan climate protest

Troops atop an armored personnel carrier and on foot, their rifles at the ready, protected about 100 of Kabul's young, who are worried that if war doesn't kill them, climate change will.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Sources Say John Bolton Criticized Trump At Private Event [Video]Sources Say John Bolton Criticized Trump At Private Event

An attendee at a private event said former national security adviser John Bolton criticized President Donald Trump. According to CNN, Bolton criticized Trump’s international approach with Iran, North..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Afghanistan explosions: Dozens killed in two separate blasts [Video]Afghanistan explosions: Dozens killed in two separate blasts

The Taliban says its suicide bomber targeted special forces soldiers but most of those killed and injured were civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:43Published

Afghanistan attack: Will voters stop going to polls? [Video]Afghanistan attack: Will voters stop going to polls?

President Ashraf Ghani cancels his appearance in the first televised presidential debate, leaving his rival Abdullah Abdullah taking the stage alone.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:38Published

Afghanistan forces say they have broken up ISIL cell [Video]Afghanistan forces say they have broken up ISIL cell

The hunt for ISIL is not easy for security forces as the group has become more sophisticated and difficult to track.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead -White House [Video]Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead -White House

Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation, the White House said on Saturday...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:12Published

Riding the rails of Europe's new migrant surge [Video]Riding the rails of Europe's new migrant surge

A freight train rumbles across the Greek countryside, but a black moving shadow cast on the ground reveals human figures are hiding between the train's wagons. This is one path of a continent's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:21Published

Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills Afghan troops [Video]Taliban suicide attack in Kabul kills Afghan troops

Afghan officials said at least four soldiers killed in the attack in Chahar Asyab district of Kabul.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Trump Calling Foreign Policy The Shots [Video]Trump Calling Foreign Policy The Shots

On Tuesday, Foreign Policy advisor John Bolton left the Trump Administration. President Donald Trump made it clear he will be calling the shots on US foreign policy and possibly changing course. In..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Security tight as election materials land in Afghanistan [Video]Security tight as election materials land in Afghanistan

Materials arrive before presidential elections and under guard due to past Taliban threats.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo reacts to Bolton dismissal [Video]US secretary of state Mike Pompeo reacts to Bolton dismissal

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said that he had disagreed with John Bolton, who was sacked from his role as national security adviser by President Donald Trump. Mr Trump on Tuesday forced out Mr..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:51Published

Trump fires hardline adviser John Bolton [Video]Trump fires hardline adviser John Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hardline aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

 

Trump provides a case study in how not to end a war

A withdrawal should be the ultimate goal, but there must not be a headlong rush out of Syria, or from other wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that leaves allies in the lurch and causes new problems.
The Age - Published

Afghanistan says al Qaeda leader killed in September wedding party clash

Afghanistan's intelligence service said that a top al Qaeda militant commander was among those killed during an operation last month in Helmand province that also caused civilian deaths at a wedding..
Reuters - Published

U.N. report says U.S. air strikes on Afghan drug labs unlawful, hit civilians

U.S. air strikes on alleged Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan in May killed or wounded at least 39 civilians, including 14 children, and violated international humanitarian law as the victims were..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan braces for political uncertainty in election's wake

Despite pulling off a safer presidential election than expected, Afghanistan looks headed for a prolonged period of political uncertainty, with the two front-runners claiming victory before ballots are..
Reuters - Published

Security recruits targeted by suicide bomb in Afghanistan

A suicide bomb targeted a minibus of recruits for the Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, local government sources said.
Reuters - Published

Bus hit by blast in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 3

A suicide bomb targeted a minibus of recruits for the Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring 27, a local government source said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. Afghanistan envoy meets Taliban in Pakistan: sources

A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad for more than an hour on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the sides since U.S...
Reuters - Published

Taliban delegation met U.S. envoy during visit to Islamabad: sources

A Taliban delegation met U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Thursday, two sources told Reuters, the first known contact between the two..
Reuters - Published

Pakistan and Taliban call for U.S. to resume Afghan peace talks

Peace talks in Afghanistan must resume as soon as possible, Pakistan and the Taliban militant group urged on Thursday, after President Donald Trump broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the..
Reuters - Published

Pakistan, Taliban call for Afghan peace talks to resume: foreign office

Pakistan's foreign office on Thursday said that Pakistan and the Taliban agreed that the Afghanistan peace talk process halted by the United States last month should resume as soon as possible.
Reuters - Published

Greece's Moria refugees decry conditions, 'death better than this'

Jan Ali Razaiem said he made the long journey from his home in Afghanistan to Greece for a better future for his two sons.
Reuters - Published

Taliban, U.S. envoy in Pakistan to review broken peace talks

Afghan Taliban officials were due in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry and the insurgent group..
Reuters - Published

Taliban to visit Pakistan, discuss failed Afghan peace talks

An Afghan Taliban delegation will visit Pakistan on Wednesday, the insurgent group said, the latest stop on a tour of regional powers after an Afghanistan peace process broke down.
Reuters - Published

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police, torch district headquarters

The Taliban killed at least 11 police officers in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province before burning their headquarters, officials said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Front-runners each claim victory in Afghan election

The front-runners for Afghanistan's presidency, incumbent Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, have both declared victory, echoing an election crisis five years ago when competing claims..
Reuters - Published

Afghan election set to see big drop in voter numbers

At least 2.2 million people voted in Afghanistan's presidential election with more votes to come, the election commission head Maulana Abdullah said on Sunday, indicating a very low turnout that could..
Reuters - Published

Afghan election sees one in five voters cast ballot: unofficial estimate

Afghanistan's presidential election turnout is unofficially estimated at a little over 2 million voters, an election commission official said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Afghan election turnout unofficially estimated at a little over two million: election commission official

Afghanistan's presidential election turnout is unofficially estimated at a little over 2 million voters, said an election commission official on Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Reuters - Published

Afghan presidential vote held in relative calm, but turnout low

Tight security ensured Afghanistan's presidential election was held on Saturday in relative calm, though several small attacks, low turnout and complaints about the voting system heightened fears an..
Reuters - Published

Biometric machines in Afghan vote improve after last year's glitches

Biometric machines aimed at preventing fraud in Afghanistan's presidential election performed better than in a poll last year but still left voters waiting a long time to cast their ballots, election..
Reuters - Published

Polls close in Afghanistan presidential election: official

Polling centers in a presidential election closed in Afghanistan on Saturday amid accusations that voting was flawed and the voter turn out was very thin, heightening fears that an unclear result could..
Reuters - Published

Afghan presidential election extended two hours: election official

Voting in Saturday's Afghan presidential election has been extended by two hours, said an election official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan election commission has no contact with some polling centers

Officials with Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said they have had no contact with 901 of the 4,942 polling centers across country on Saturday as presidential voting is under way.
Reuters - Published

Afghan voters defy attacks, delays to vote for president

Afghans braved the threat of militant attacks and delays at polling booths to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, a major test of the Western-backed Afghan government's ability to protect..
Reuters - Published

Afghan voters brave attacks as presidential election begins

Voting began on Saturday to elect a president for Afghanistan with more than 9 million registered voters potentially heading to the polls amid attacks in several cities.
Reuters - Published

Explosion occurs near polling station in Afghan city of Kandahar

An explosion occurred near a polling station in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday just an hour after voters began queuing to cast their vote to elect a new president.
Reuters - Published

Taliban worries loom as Afghanistan prepares to vote for a president

Millions of Afghans are expected to brave the threat of militant attacks to vote in a presidential election on Saturday, hoping to prevent a repeat of a bitter, fraud-marred and ultimately unresolved..
Reuters - Published

U.S. ambassador rebukes Afghan president over aid agency criticism

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan rebuked the country's president on Friday for labeling Washington's aid agency "incompetent", escalating tensions between the countries over financial support on the..
Reuters - Published

Russia says it will help revive Afghan peace talks between Taliban, U.S.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would help revive Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this month, the RIA news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan bolsters security as Taliban threatens presidential poll

Afghanistan deployed more than 100,000 troops and police on Thursday to guard polling stations in a presidential election which the Taliban has threatened to disrupt with suicide bombings and rocket..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: How Afghanistan will elect a president and potential peace maker

Afghanistan will soon choose its next president. Whoever emerges victor will be key to the war-ravaged nation's search for peace, but must beat more than a dozen other candidates and possibly face a..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Old rivals square up again as an uncertain Afghanistan votes

At least 18 candidates are in the fray for Afghanistan's presidential election on September 28, but only two are seen having a shot at winning in a country fractured by ethnic faultlines, unstable..
Reuters - Published

Afghan women fear mandatory poll photos could stop them from voting

Afghan women's rights activists have demanded the authorities lift a requirement that all voters be photographed at polling stations in Saturday's presidential election, arguing that it could prevent..
Reuters - Published

Afghan journalist dies of wounds from blast at president's campaign office

An Afghan journalist died in hospital on Wednesday of wounds suffered from the bombing of President Ashraf Ghani's election campaign office in the southern city of Kandahar, a television station..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Afghan voters speak ahead of Saturday's presidential election

Afghanistan's twice-delayed presidential election is expected to go ahead on Saturday, after months of uncertainty in which U.S. diplomats sought to hammer out a pact with Taliban Islamist militants to..
Reuters - Published

At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S.-backed Afghan army raid

At least 40 civilians attending a wedding party were killed by explosions and gunfire during a raid by U.S.-backed Afghan government forces on a nearby Islamist militant hideout, officials in Helmand..
Reuters - Published

At least 35 civilians killed by Afghan forces in southern Helmand province

At least 35 civilians were killed and 13 people were injured during an attack conducted by the Afghan government forces in southern Helmand province, two provincial officials said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Ben Roberts-Smith 'categorically denies' war crimes allegations

Victoria Cross and Medal of Gallantry winner Ben Roberts-Smith has slammed a 60 Minutes report that he participated in a possible war crime in Afghanistan.
SBS - Published

Afghanistan's Taliban meets Chinese government in Beijing

A Taliban delegation met China's special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing on Sunday to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said.
Reuters - Published

'I want justice': Afghan widow says Australian government must reveal how her husband died at the hands of the SAS

More than seven years have passed since Bibi Dhorko last saw her husband and, even now, she struggles to tell what she believes to be the story of how her husband died.
The Age - Published

For a fleeting moment on horseback, SAS medic Dusty can escape the demons of war

As a tough and fit army medic, Dusty Miller was ready for the perils of war in Afghanistan. But one incident inflicted a “moral trauma” that ran so deep that he quietly imploded while he was in the..
The Age - Published

IS fighters hid among Afghan pine nut harvesters during U.S. drone strike: U.S. official

A senior U.S. defense official in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Friday said Islamic State fighters were hiding among pine nut harvesters when a U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan killed at..
Reuters - Published

SAS murder probe intensifies as federal police speak to Afghan eyewitnesses

Federal Police detectives have been sent to Afghanistan to investigate whether Australian soldiers kicked Ali Jan off a cliff and then ordered him to be executed.
The Age - Published

U.S. to withdraw and withhold funds from Afghanistan, blames corruption

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States would return about $100 million to the treasury for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and would withhold a further..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan braces for deadly attacks as Taliban vow to disrupt presidential election

A deadly suicide bombing this week near an election rally in central Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak came as a sharp reminder of the risks to a ballot set for the end of next..
Reuters - Published

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