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Afghanistan (the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) is a landlocked country in southern Asia. It shares land borders with Iran, Pakistan, the People's Republic of China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

As of 2009. the population of Afghanistan was estimated to be 28,150,000. Approximately 3 million people live in the country's capital, and largest city, Kabul. Kabul is thought to be one of the oldest capital cities in the world, and is believed to have been first established sometime between 2000 BC and 1500 BC. Apart Kabul, Afghanistan contains 13 other cities with populations over 100,000, the largest of which is Kandahar, which has a population of about 450,000.

Map of Afghanistan

After a prolonged period of unrest in the 1970s, Afghanistan has been almost continuously involved in civil war or foreign occupation:
  • The USSR invaded the country in 1979, and remained there until 1989. During this period, the US backed the Afghanistan resistance movement, known as the Mujahideen.

  • The Soviet backed Communist regime remained in power until 1992, until it was eventually overthrown by the Mujahideen.

  • Civil war then broke out been various Mujahideen factions, this fighting peaking in 1994.

  • The Taliban then began to develop. Eventually they took control of Kabul in 1996, and subsequently most of the country.

  • Following the 9/11 attacks on the United States, in 2001, a coalition led by the US and Britain began bombing the Taliban, and backed the Northern Alliance in the Afghan civil war. This eventually led to the overthrow of the Taliban regime, and the establishment of a new Afghan government. However, Taliban resistance to both the Afghan government and coalition forces continues to this day.

Afghanistan Country Details


Country Name Afghanistan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Principal Language Pashto
Capital Kabul


Web Sites about Afghanistan


Shrine of Hazrat Ali in Mazir-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
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Blue Mosque in Mazir-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Books about Afghanistan


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Lonely Planet Afghanistan (Lonely Planet Travel Guides) (Country Travel Guide)
By Paul Clammer

Lonely Planet
Paperback (244 pages)

Lonely Planet Afghanistan (Lonely Planet Travel Guides) (Country Travel Guide)
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Discover Afghanistan

Blink as you emerge from the cliffs at the top of one of Bamiyan's enormous Buddha niches.
Stop pedalling for a moment and drift in your swan-shaped pedalo on the waters of Band-e Amir.
Utter a great smoking sigh of contentment as you puff on a sheesha at Mirwais Shandaiz.

In This Guide:

Chapters on working and safety in Afghanistan, with advice from resident expats.
Specialist contributors write on journalism, women, and trekking in the Wakhan and the Afghan Pamir.
Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler reflects on travel to Afghanistan over the decades.
Afghanistan
By Freytag-Berndt und Artaria

Freytag-Berndt und Artaria
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Explore Afghanistan with this Freytag&Berndt road map. The best way to plan your trip, prepare your itinerary, and to travel independently in this Asia country.

Inset map of Kabul ; place name index on the other side of the map. Touristic information: airports, castles, archaeological sites, oil fields, spas, Unesco World Heritage sites, border-crossing.

The legend is in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, and Slovak. All places are indicated in Roman script.
Travels into Bokhara: The Narrative of a Voyage on the Indus
By Alexander Burnes

Brand: Eland Books
Paperback (244 pages)

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Sent to India aged just sixteen to make his fortune, Alexander Burnes soon revealed an extraordinary talent for languages, combined with a boyish charm, insatiable curiosity, and irrepressible enthusiasm. By the age of 26 he had so impressed his superiors that he was entrusted with the task of delivering a gift of horses from King William IV to the Maharajah of Lahore. In reality he was acting as a diplomat and spy. Having succeeded, he was then dispatched on a much more dangerous mission, to explore the political and ethnic realities amongst the Khanates of Afghanistan and Central Asia. This travelogue brings the heady sense of excitement, risk, and zeal of Alexander Burnes' missions.
Afghanistan
By Chris Steele-Perkins

Brand: Mariner Books
Hardcover (128 pages)

Afghanistan
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"Afghanistan" is introduced by the French essayist and traveller André Velter and includes essays and verses by the Afghani poet Sayd Bahodine Majrouh, who was assassinated in Pakistan in 1988. 76 duotone photographs.
Afghanistan
By Reise Know-How Verlag

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Afghanistan
By Louis Dupree

Princeton University Press
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Book bound in stiff wraps with dust jacket titled AFGHANISTAN by Louis Dupree.
Swimming with Warlords: A Dozen-Year Journey Across the Afghan War
By Kevin Sites

Harper Perennial
Released: 2014-10-14
Paperback (416 pages)

Swimming with Warlords: A Dozen-Year Journey Across the Afghan War
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In this electrifying first-person account, journalist and author Kevin Sites goes deep into the geopolitical morass of Afghanistan to emerge with critical insights into both a people and a war that few truly comprehend.

As a journalist for NBC News, Kevin Sites made his first trip to Afghanistan in October 2001, crossing the Amu Darya River at night, traveling with Northern Alliance fighters as they toppled the Taliban regime with the help of American forces. In that first 100 days, he lost seven colleagues and nearly his own life. Since then, Sites has returned five more times. On his last trip in summer 2013,on the eve of America's planned withdrawal, he retraced the steps of his first original odyssey to examine what, if anything, has changed.


Using his trademark immersive style, Sites uncovered surprising stories with unexpected truths.  He swam in the Kunduz River with an infamous warlord named Nabi Gechi, who demonstrated both his fearsome killing skills as well as a genius for peaceful invention. Sites talked with ex-Taliban fighters, politicians, female cops, farmers, drug addicts, and diplomats, and patrolled with American and Afghan soldiers. In Swimming with Warlords he helps us to understand this kingdom of primitive beauty, dark mysteries, and savage violence, as well as the conflict that has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives--and what we might expect tomorrow and in the years to come.
Swimming with Warlords contains 30 black-and-white photos throughout.
Vacation Goose Travel Guide Kabul Afghanistan
By Francis Morgan

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Vacation Goose Travel Guide Kabul Afghanistan is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Top 16 city attractions, top 50 nightlife adventures, top 33 city restaurants, top 2 shopping centers, top 11 hotels, and more than a dozen monthly weather statistics. This travel guide is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this pocket book be part of yet another fun Kabul adventure :)

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