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 (kä′bo͝ol, kə-bo͞ol′)
The capital and largest city of Afghanistan, in the eastern part of the country near the border with Pakistan on the Kabul River, about 700 km (435 mi) long. Strategically located and more than 3,000 years old, the city became the capital of Afghanistan in the 1700s.
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(kəˈbʊl; ˈkɑːbəl) or


1. (Placename) the capital of Afghanistan, in the northeast of the country at an altitude of 1800 m (5900 ft) on the Kabul River: over 3000 years old, with a strategic position commanding passes through the Hindu Kush and main routes to the Khyber Pass; destroyed and rebuilt many times; capital of the Mogul Empire from 1504 until 1738 and of Afghanistan from 1773; university (1932). Pop: 3 288 000 (2005 est)
2. (Placename) a river in Afghanistan and Pakistan, rising in the Hindu Kush and flowing east into the Indus at Attock, Pakistan. Length: 700 km (435 miles)
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(ˈkɑ bʊl, -bəl, kəˈbul)

1. the capital of Afghanistan, in the NE part. 913,164.
2. a river flowing E from NE Afghanistan to the Indus River in Pakistan. 360 mi. (580 km) long.
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Noun1.Kabul - the capital and largest city of AfghanistanKabul - the capital and largest city of Afghanistan; located in eastern Afghanistan
Afghanistan, Islamic State of Afghanistan - 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"
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His people sent over the money and he came back to Kabul with the agent.
But news travels fast in India, and too soon shuffled across the crop-land, bearing a basket of fruits with a box of Kabul grapes and gilt oranges, a white-whiskered servitor - a lean, dry Oorya - begging them to bring the honour of their presence to his mistress, distressed in her mind that the lama had neglected her so long.
Sina well compounded when the moon stands in the proper House; yellow earths I have - arplan from China that makes a man renew his youth and astonish his household; saffron from Kashmir, and the best salep of Kabul. Many people have died before -'
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kabul that killed at least five people, earlier in the day.
NOWSHERA -- A girl drowned in the Kabul River on Sunday while taking a selfie near Suria Khel police post here.
Summary: Kabul [Afghanistan], Jul 8 (ANI): Three suspects, including a lecturer from Kabul University, was arrested by Afghan forces on Sunday over charges of having suspected links with the Islamic State (ISIS) and plotting terror attacks in the Afghan capital.
dpa Kabul Nine women are among 33 lawmakers who will represent Kabul in parliament, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday, announcing the final results of the elections that took place almost seven months ago.
Third, India has built dams and barrages on the rivers Jhelum and Chenab in its controlled parts of Jammu and Kashmir, whereas New Delhi is assisting Afghanistan to construct hydropower projects and dams on the Kabul River.
While experts stress on the need of concluding a treaty that can determine the shares of Afghanistan and Pakistan, both states have not officially engaged on the sustainable use of the Kabul River water.
KABUL -- Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul on Sunday announced that till the closure of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad, patients or students residing in jurisdiction of Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad may contact Pakistan Embassy in Kabul for issuance of visas.
KABUL -- Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has reached Kabul for delegation level talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Kabul/Islamabad -- A suspected suicide bomber killed 29 people Wednesday in Kabul, the latest in a string of attacks to rock the Afghan capital since the start of the year and another 52 people were injured in the blast, according to Ministry of Public Health spokesman Wahid Majroh.