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Afghanistan

Af·ghan·i·stan

 (ăf-găn′ĭ-stăn′)
A landlocked country of southwest-central Asia. Frequently dominated since ancient times by foreign empires, Afghanistan gained full independence only in 1919. The USSR invaded in 1979 but met fierce resistance from Afghan insurgents and withdrew its troops in 1989. The resulting power vacuum led to the rise of the Taliban, which established strict Islamic rule over most of the country. The Taliban was overthrown by a US-led invasion in 2001 that set up a pro-Western government, although armed resistance continued in many parts of the country. Kabul is the capital and the largest city.

Afghanistan

(æfˈɡænɪˌstɑːn; -ˌstæn)
n
(Placename) a republic in central Asia: became independent in 1919; occupied by Soviet troops, 1979–89; controlled by mujaheddin forces from 1992 until 1996 when Taliban forces seized power; in the US-led 'war on terror' (2001) the Taliban were overthrown and replaced by an interim administration, although the Taliban insurgency continues; generally arid and mountainous, with the Hindu Kush range rising over 7500 m (25 000 ft) and fertile valleys of the Amu Darya, Helmand, and Kabul Rivers. Official languages: Pashto and Dari (Persian), Tajik also widely spoken. Religion: Muslim. Currency: afghani. Capital: Kabul. Pop: 31 108 077 (2013 est). Area: 657 500 sq km (250 000 sq miles)

Af•ghan•i•stan

(æfˈgæn əˌstæn)

n.
a republic in SW Asia, E of Iran, and NW of Pakistan. 25,824,882; 251,773 sq. mi. (652,090 sq. km). Cap.: Kabul.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Afghanistan - a mountainous landlocked country in central AsiaAfghanistan - a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south; "Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in 1979"
al-Qaeda, al-Qaida, al-Qa'ida, Qaeda, Base - a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
Loya Jirga - a grand council or grand assembly used to resolve political conflicts or other national problems; "he convened a Loya Jirga that persuaded tribal leaders to acquiesce"
Herat - a city in northwestern Afghanistan on the site of several ancient cities
Jalalabad - a town in eastern Afghanistan (east of Kabul)
capital of Afghanistan, Kabul - the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
Kandahar, Qandahar - a city in southern Afghanistan; an important trading center
Mazar-i-Sharif - a city in northern Afghanistan
Asia - the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations
Hindu Kush, Hindu Kush Mountains - a mountain range extending to the west of the Himalayas
Khyber Pass - a mountain pass of great strategic and commercial value in the Hindu Kush on the border between northern Pakistan and western Afghanistan; a route by which invaders entered India
Pamir Mountains, the Pamirs - a mountain range in central Asia that is centered in Tajikistan but extends into Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan and Pakistan and western China
Afghanistani, Afghan - a native or inhabitant of Afghanistan
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But Shakespeare and the rest have to walk behind a common tailor from Tennessee, by the name of Billings; and behind a horse-doctor named Sakka, from Afghanistan.
He took part calmly in a number of political assassinations; and he turned his diabolical inventive powers against the Emir of Afghanistan, who was at war with the Persian empire.
The big parade of all the thirty thousand men was held that afternoon, and Vixen and I had a good place close to the Viceroy and the Amir of Afghanistan, with high, big black hat of astrakhan wool and the great diamond star in the center.
Were I Amir of Afghanistan (and some day we may see him), I would fill thy mouth with gold.
My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller.
The rough-and-tumble work in Afghanistan, coming on the top of a natural Bohemianism of disposition, has made me rather more lax than befits a medical man.
To the west, Bokhara, and, even to the south and west, Afghanistan, were swallowed up.
I knew a New Yorker who was kidnapped for ransom by some Afghanistan bandits.
I had enough of both in Afghanistan to last me for the remainder of my natural existence.
Enemies of Afghanistan are enemies of Pakistan, he added.
Afghanistan current and foreseeable future is said to be not an attractive one for the potential investors, in such a scenario, any constructive contribution by any country of the world in Afghanistan needs to be appreciated and duly supported.
In the 12 different categories both the Pakistan and Afghanistan players competed and Pakistan with a narrow margin of five points won the overall trophy for the second consecutive times.

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