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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in 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. The population is 32 million, mostly composed of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

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U.S. officials 'pause' Taliban talks after suicide attack

U.S. negotiators are taking a "brief pause" from talks with the Taliban after the militants launched a suicide attack on a U.S. base outside Kabul killing two civilians, Special Envoy for Afghanistan..
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Explainer: What does passage of India's controversial citizenship bill mean?

India's parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that will allow citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Afghanistan


Buses torched as protests continue over India citizenship law [Video]Buses torched as protests continue over India citizenship law

Demonstrators torched vehicles in New Delhi on Sunday (December 15) as protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fifth straight day across the country.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated [Video]ISIL in Afghanistan 'defeated', but not eliminated

Afghan authorities say sustained bombing campaign has significantly reduced the threat of ISIL. Al Jazeera speaks to the rural communities caught in the crossfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:24Published

Protesters boycott exams, hunger strike against India’s Citizenship Act [Video]Protesters boycott exams, hunger strike against India’s Citizenship Act

Protesters across India continued their agitation on Saturday against the controversial religion-based Citizenship Law that allows non-Muslim persecuted minority refugees from neighbouring countries to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Soldier shows off stunning workout routine in Afghanistan [Video]Soldier shows off stunning workout routine in Afghanistan

Soldier and fitness enthusiast Diamond Ott flexes his muscles during impressive workout in Afghanistan

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:57Published

Protests flare as India passes controversial citizenship law [Video]Protests flare as India passes controversial citizenship law

India's ruling Hindu nationalist government on Wednesday won parliamentary approval for a far-reaching citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution, as protests..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:05Published

Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency in Afghanistan [Video]Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency in Afghanistan

Doctor Tetsu Nakamura, who devoted decades of his life to helping people in Afghanistan, is killed along with five others in a gun attack on his vehicle. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:57Published

US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume [Video]US-Taliban talks: Informal negotiations resume

Taliban says it is willing to restart peace talks with US, as President Trump tells troops in Afghanistan he thinks group is ready to strike a deal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:48Published

In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed [Video]In surprise trip to Afghanistan, Trump says Taliban talks resumed

Donald Trump makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, his first since becoming the US president.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:03Published

Trump Makes Secret Trip To Afghanistan On Thanksgiving Day [Video]Trump Makes Secret Trip To Afghanistan On Thanksgiving Day

President Trump made a surprise visit to American troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day. According to Business Insider, the White House kept the trip tightly under wraps. While there, Trump served..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving [Video]Donald Trump visits US troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump has paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the US and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:48Published

In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire [Video]In Afghanistan, Trump voices hope for ceasefire

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan [Video]'The Taliban wants to make a deal': Trump in Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

French military operations in Africa is strategic, unlike in Afghanistan [Video]French military operations in Africa is strategic, unlike in Afghanistan

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:21Published

U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap [Video]U.S., Australian hostages freed by Afghan Taliban in swap

Afghan and Taliban sources confirm that a prisoner swap has successfully released American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, faculty at the American University in Kabul, in exchange for captured..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan [Video]Najwa Alimi talks about being a female journalist in Afghanistan

A trailblazing journalist at Afghanistan's first all-female TV station tells Al Jazeera her story.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa [Video]Pompeo says ISIS fight shifting to Africa

The global coalition to defeat Islamic State is turning its attention to combating the group in North and West Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:21Published

Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars [Video]Medals of bravery awarded to animals who died in wars

Posthumous medals were awarded to animals who died while serving in the armed forces of the United States.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors [Video]Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Afghanistan to swap Taliban leaders for western professors

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:10Published

Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani [Video]Taliban prisoner swap shows 'intention for peace' - Ghani

Afghanistan will release two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group in exchange for an American and an Australian professor who were kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors [Video]Taliban prisoner swap for U.S., Aussie professors

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he has secured the release of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan in exchange for three captured Taliban. It's part of a wider effort to revamp..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

 

Taliban attack on U.S. military base kills two, injures dozens

Suicide bombers struck the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring scores in a major attack that could scupper plans to revive peace talks between the..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo condemns deadly Taliban attack on U.S. military base

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday condemned a suicide bombing in Afghanistan near Bagram air force base that he said killed more than four dozen civilians and wounded at least five..
Reuters - Published

Afghan blasts kill one, injure scores in attack on key U.S. military base

Suicide blasts in Afghanistan killed one person and injured more than 60 in an attack on Wednesday on the United States' main military base of Bagram that was repulsed after a 30-minute clash, Afghan..
Reuters - Published

Blast outside main U.S. base in Afghanistan wounds five

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan detonated explosives on Wednesday outside the United States' main military base of Bagram in an attack that wounded five people, Afghan and NATO officials said.
Reuters - Published

Suicide bomber detonates explosives outside main U.S. base in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the United States' main Bagram military base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Afghan and NATO officials said.
Reuters - Published

Pentagon privately voiced concerns about Afghan war: Washington Post

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Pentagon officials privately told a watchdog for years about their deep concerns about the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan, including senior officials who..
Reuters - Published

'Truth was rarely welcome': US officials held bleak view of war in Afghanistan, documents reveal

Many top U.S. officials held sharply negative views of the U.S. entry into Afghanistan and bleak assessments of the prospects for future success.
USATODAY.com - Published

Shooting in the dark; Afghanistan's endless war pits brother against brother

The 19-year-old Taliban deserter is haunted by the memory of the attack on a police checkpoint in northern Afghanistan in August.
Reuters - Published

Japanese doctor made the Afghan deserts green, until deadly attack

Tetsu Nakamura, the Japanese doctor and aid worker killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, was inspired to make the country's deserts green by the deaths of children in a clinic he ran in a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. peace envoy in Kabul for revival of talks

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday in a bid to breath new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, discussing with President Ashraf Ghani steps that could lead to..
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy to rejoin Doha talks with Taliban after Kabul visit, says State Department

U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, after a visit to Kabul, will travel to Qatar to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators on steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in..
Reuters - Published

Trump lawyer argues against Afghan war crimes investigation

A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump argued at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday that prosecutors were wrong to seek an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan that could..
Reuters - Published

Afghan victims ask ICC to open Afghan war crimes investigation on appeal

Lawyers representing victims of the Afghanistan conflict on Wednesday urged the International Criminal Court to allow a war crimes investigation that would include scrutinizing the actions of U.S...
Reuters - Published

Gunmen kill head of Japan aid agency, five others in Afghanistan

Gunmen killed six people, including the head of a Japanese aid agency, on Wednesday in an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
Reuters - Published

Liberal Veterans’ Group Endorses Pete Buttigieg in 2020 Race

VoteVets is the first major organization to endorse the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who served in Afghanistan with the Navy.
NYTimes.com - Published

Japan AM Abe: shocked at death of Japanese aid agency chief in Afghanistan

Japan Prime Minister Abe said he was shocked at death of Tetsu Nakamura, the Japanese aid agency chief who was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Six dead in Afghanistan after gun attack on Japanese NGO vehicle: officials

Six people including the head of a Japanese NGO were killed on Wednesday after unknown gunmen attacked their vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital city of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province,..
Reuters - Published

Trump lawyer to contest ICC efforts to open Afghan war crimes probe

One of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyers will speak to the International Criminal Court on Wednesday to block efforts by the chief prosecutor to open a war crimes investigation that would..
Reuters - Published

Soldier stationed in Afghanistan raises thousands to bring home his buddy, Sully the cat

Funding is a challenge for this Afghanistan animal rescue. To get a cat to the U.S., it generally costs $3,000 or more and for a dog, up to $5,000.
USATODAY.com - Published

12/2/19: CBSN Evening News

Dems to release report on impeachment inquiry; Combat veterans fight poverty in Afghanistan.
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Veterans using their business to support education in Afghanistan

Former Army Rangers Matthew Griffin and Donald Lee served in Afghanistan together. When they left the Army, they knew they wanted to give back. John Blackstone has their story.
CBS News - Published

Exclusive: U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan 'not necessarily' tied to Taliban deal - Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that any future troop drawdowns in Afghanistan were "not necessarily" linked to a deal with Taliban insurgents, suggesting some lowering of force levels..
Reuters - Published

A Leak-Prone White House Finally Manages to Keep a Secret

President Trump’s aides were delighted that news of his Thanksgiving Day visit to Afghanistan stayed under wraps.
NYTimes.com - Published

Impeachment inquiry: Deadline set for White House to take part

President Trump is wrapping up the Thanksgiving break at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida ahead of a major week both at home and abroad. The president is heading to the NATO summit in London, while a..
CBS News - Published

No phones, scripted tweets: How Trump's Afghanistan trip was kept under wraps

Notorious for leaks and chastened by previous security lapses, the White House went to unusual lengths to keep President Donald Trump's Thanksgiving trip to Afghanistan under wraps, devising a cover..
Reuters - Published

Trump says talks with Taliban are back on

President Trump has returned to Florida without an apparent plan for peace in Afghanistan. Mr. Trump told reporters that the U.S. was talking to the Taliban. Weijia Jiang reports.
CBS News - Published

After Trump's Afghan visit, Taliban say they are ready to resume peace talks

The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group..
Reuters - Published

Trump makes first visit to Afghanistan, reopening peace talks with Taliban

President Trump is renewing a promise to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan by reopening peace talks with the Taliban. The president made the announcement during his surprise Thanksgiving visit to the..
CBS News - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com

Afghanistan, Black Friday, Pete Buttigieg: Your Friday Briefing

Here's what you need to know.
NYTimes.com - Published

AP Top Stories November 29 A

Here's the latest for Friday November 29th: Trump says Afghanistan peace talks resumed; Ohio wildlife park fire kills 10 animals; 50,000 still evacuated due to Texas chemical plant fire; Black Friday..
USATODAY.com - Published

How Trump stealthily went from Mar-a-Lago to Afghanistan

Air Force One, the plane President Donald Trump took from Washington, D.C., to Florida Tuesday evening, remained parked on the tarmac in Florida
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump reveals peace talks with Taliban have resumed

President Trump is flying back to the U.S. after making a secret trip to Afghanistan to visit troops. While there, the president revealed the U.S. and Taliban have been engaged in peace talks aimed at..
CBS News - Published

Trump says Taliban wants deal in Afghanistan visit

President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a..
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump serves US troops in Bagram Air Field visit

President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he participated in serving Thanksgiving dinner to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field and said he believes the Taliban wants a ceasefire...
USATODAY.com - Published

Trump makes surprise visit in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving

President Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to spend with U.S. troops on Thanksgiving. Watch some of his remarks here from Bagram Air Base.
CBS News - Published

Trump makes surprise Afghanistan trip, voices hope for ceasefire

President Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thursday and said he believed Taliban insurgents would agree to a ceasefire in America's longest war.
Reuters - Published

Trump visits troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, his first trip to the country

The surprise visit is Trump's first visit to Afghanistan as president.
USATODAY.com - Published

'You have to make the best of it': How US Navy sailors celebrate Thanksgiving at sea

At remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, America's military can spend months planning for Thanksgiving meals.
USATODAY.com - Published

Chances of successful Afghanistan peace talks higher than before: U.S. general

The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the "near term."
Reuters - Published

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