Afghanistan

Area Total 652,230 sq km
Climate arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers
Natural Resources natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chromite, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, precious and semiprecious stones, arable land
Imports China 21%, Iran 20.5%, Pakistan 11.8%, Kazakhstan 11%, Uzbekistan 6.8%, Malaysia 5.3% (2017) – machinery and other capital goods, food, textiles, petroleum products
Exports India 56.5%, Pakistan 29.6% (2017) – opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton, hides and pelts, precious and semi-precious gems, and medical herbs
Government presidential Islamic republic
Capital Kabul
Population 34,940,837 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, other (includes smaller numbers of Baloch, Turkmen, Nuristani, Pamiri, Arab, Gujar, Brahui, Qizilbash, Aimaq, Pashai, and Kyrghyz) (2015)
Language Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 77% (Dari functions as the lingua franca), Pashto (official) 48%, Uzbek 11%, English 6%, Turkmen 3%, Urdu 3%, Pashayi 1%, Nuristani 1%, Arabic 1%, Balochi 1% (2017 est.)

News about Afghanistan

  • Taliban publicly flogs three people for adultery in southern Afghanistan: Report
    on August 8, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], August 8 (ANI): Members of the Taliban publicly flogged and shamed three people, two women and a man, for allegedly committing "adultery" in the southern part of the country, according to media reports. All the three accused received a two-year term of imprisonment for adultery, Afghan news agency Khaama Press reported, citing a Taliban […]

  • Bomb Kills Extremist Pakistani Taliban Leader in Afghanistan
    on August 8, 2022

    A fugitive central commander of an outlawed extremist organization plotting terrorist attacks in Pakistan has been killed in a roadside bomb blast in neighboring Afghanistan.Abdul Wali, known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, was travelling in southeastern Afghan border province, Paktika, late Sunday when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle, multiple […]

  • Taliban forces, Pakistani soldiers exchange gunfire near Kunar province
    on August 8, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], August 8 (ANI): In yet another incident of a border clash at the disputed Durand line, Taliban-led forces and Pakistani soldiers exchanged gunfire in the Dangam district in Afghanistan's Kunar province. Afghanistan's TOLO news reported that clashes took place on Sunday and continued until 10 pm. Both sides used light as well as heavy […]

  • Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashorua
    by Via AP news wire on August 8, 2022

    Millions of Shiite Muslims, from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan, are marking the festival of Ashoura

  • 10 killed in knife scuffle in SE Iran
    on August 8, 2022

    TEHRAN, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ten people were killed by an Afghan national with a knife in a scuffle in southeastern Iran, the local media reported on Monday. The assailant, who committed the murder in Rafsanjan on Sunday evening over personal disputes, has been arrested by Iranian police, the Entekhab news website quoted Rafsanjan's Governor Hossein Rezaei as […]

  • US drone strike that killed Zawahiri raises questions over Pakistan's possible role
    on August 8, 2022

    Islamabad [Pakistan], August 8 (ANI): After the United States conducted a counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, questions were raised on Pakistan's role in the elimination of the most wanted terrorist. Despite repeated official denials, several reports claimed that Pakistani airspace was used in the US drone […]

  • Top TTP commander, with USD 3 mn bounty, reportedly killed in Afghanistan
    on August 8, 2022

    Islamabad [Pakistan], August 8 (ANI): A top Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander, with a USD 3 million American bounty on his head, has been reportedly killed in an explosion in eastern Afghanistan. Omar Khalid Khorasani, a former journalist and poet, who studied at several madrasas in Pakistan's Karachi was killed in a vehicle carrying senior TTP […]

  • CIA's strategy towards China revealed
    on August 8, 2022

    Counterterrorism leaders were told that a refocusing on Beijing and its advanced technology is inevitable, Associated Press reportedThe CIA's shift of focus to "great power competition" with China means that "money and resources would be increasingly shifted" away from counterterrorism (CT), the spy agency's second-highest ranking officer reportedly told […]

  • New Mexico Police Seek Public's Help in Probe of 4 Muslim Slayings
    on August 8, 2022

    Police in New Mexico on Sunday asked for the public's help in locating a 'vehicle of interest' in their probe of four fatal shootings of Muslim men whose slayings in Albuquerque over the past nine months are believed by investigators to be related.The latest victim, police said, was gunned down on Friday night, in a killing that local Islamic leaders said […]

  • One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China
    by Via AP news wire on August 8, 2022

    A year has passed since President Joe Biden ended the war in Afghanistan

  • Blast takes place in Kabul's Chandawal neighbourhood
    on August 8, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], August 8 (ANI): In continuation of the rising number of explosions in Kabul, another blast took place in Chandawal, Kabul on Sunday; however, there have been no reports of any casualties so far, media reports said. Witnesses said that the blast was due to a magnetic mine that was placed in public transportation. The wounded have been […]

  • Kabul residents express concern over rising explosive attacks, seek security for Ashura ritual
    on August 8, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], August 8 (ANI): Voicing their concerns about the rise in explosive attacks in the city's western areas, residents of Kabul's Police District 6 are calling out for security for the Ashura Ritual. As per residents of the area, most of the victims in an explosion that took off on Saturday's explosion were vendors selling their wares. Many […]

  • Zawahiri's killing shows US' resolve to act against terrorism: Blinken on 24th anniversary of 1998 US embassy bombings
    on August 7, 2022

    Washington [US], August 8 (ANI): On the 24th Anniversary of the 1998 bombings of US Embassies in East Africa, US said that it has taken decisive action against al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, an architect of the 1998 attacks, and made it clear once again that the country is determined to act against terrorism. On August 7, 1998, nearly simultaneous bombs […]

  • 70% of Western weapons sent to Ukraine dont reach troops CBS
    on August 7, 2022

    Report suggests US appears to be repeating the mistakes of Afghanistan, Iraq, and SyriaWith the US and its allies pledging unprecedented levels of military support to Ukraine, a recent CBS News report suggested that only around 30% of the weapons sent by the West actually make it to the front lines. The report adds to ongoing rumors of waste, corruption, […]

  • 70% of Western weapons sent to Ukraine dont reach troops - CBS
    on August 7, 2022

    Report suggests US appears to be repeating the mistakes of Afghanistan, Iraq, and SyriaWith the US and its allies pledging unprecedented levels of military support to Ukraine, a recent CBS News report suggested that only around 30% of the weapons sent by the West actually make it to the front lines. The report adds to ongoing rumors of waste, corruption, […]

  • Constant calls for guarantees show Iran's deep distrust of U.S.: analysts
    on August 7, 2022

    © Provided by Xinhua TEHRAN, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- As indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States resumed days ago in Vienna, Tehran has reiterated its demand for guarantees from Washington to secure Iran's interests in order to revive a nuclear de

  • Around 30% of Western weapons make it to Ukrainian troops media
    on August 7, 2022

    The US appears to be repeating the mistakes of Afghanistan, Iraq, and SyriaWith the US and its allies pledging unprecedented levels of military support to Ukraine, a recent CBS News report suggested that only around 30% of the weapons sent by the West actually make it to the front lines. The report adds to ongoing rumors of waste, corruption, and black […]

  • ‘I will continue killing foreigners’: soldier who shot dead unarmed Australians treated as ‘returning hero’ by Taliban
    by Ben Doherty on August 7, 2022

    Exclusive: Hekmatullah, who killed three Australian soldiers, is living in a heavily protected luxury Kabul home after being freed from prisonFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastHekmatullah, the rogue Afghan soldier who killed three unarmed Australian diggers in […]

  • Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 7
    on August 7, 2022

    SHARAN, Afghanistan -- A child lost his life and two others sustained injuries as a toy-like explosive device went off in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province on Saturday, provincial director of information and culture Mohammad Amin Huzaifa said Sunday. The deadly incident, according to the official, took place in Yahya Khil district on Saturday evening. […]

  • Taliban responsible for defending all Afghans: UN
    on August 7, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], August 7 (ANI): Amid an increasing number of attacks and Friday's explosion in the west of Kabul, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett urged Taliban officials to take responsibility to ensure the Afghan people's safety. The "dreadful attack on civilians in crowded Hazara market West Kabul, continuing […]

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