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|Islamic Republic of Afghanistan|
Anthem: Afghan National Anthem
and largest city
|Official languages||Dari (Persian) and Pashto|
|Abdul Salam Azimi|
|August 19, 1919|
|647,500 km2 (250,000 sq mi) (41st)|
• Water (%)
• 2010 estimate
• 1979 census
|43.5/km2 (112.7/sq mi) (150th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2009 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2009 estimate|
• Per capita
low · 181st
|Time zone||D† (UTC+4:30)|
|Drives on the||right|
|ISO 3166 code||AF|
Afghanis in Europe
January 2016 in Austria, an Afghani migrant anally raped a 72-year-old white woman and the court sentenced him to a mere 20 months in prison. Then in February 2016, a 20-year-old white man in Austria, who committed the victimless "crime" of getting a swastika tattoo when he was 15, was also given essentially the same sentence. So there we have it Austria considers a kid gettng a swastika tattoo the same as brutal anal rape.
Afghanistan is variously designated as geographically located within Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. It has religious, ethno-linguistic, and geographic links with most of its neighboring states. It is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east, Iran in the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. The name Afghanistan means the "Land of Afghans."
Afghanistan is a culturally mixed nation, a crossroads between the East and the West, and has been an ancient focal point of trade and migration. It has an important geostrategical location, connecting South, Central and Southwest Asia. During its long history, the land has seen various invaders and conquerors, while on the other hand, local entities invaded the surrounding vast regions to form their own empires. Ahmad Shah Durrani created the Durrani Empire in 1747, with its capital at Kandahar. Subsequently, the capital was shifted to Kabul and most of its territories ceded to former neighboring countries. In the 19th century, Afghanistan became a buffer state in "The Great Game" played between the British Indian Empire and Russian Empire. On August 19, 1919, following the third Anglo-Afghan war, the country regained full independence from the United Kingdom over its foreign affairs.
Since the late 1970s Afghanistan has suffered continuous and brutal civil war, which included foreign interventions in the form of the 1979 Soviet invasion and the recent 2001 US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban government. In late 2001 the United Nations Security Council authorized the creation of an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). This force is composed of NATO troops that are involved in assisting the government of President Hamid Karzai in establishing the writ of law as well as rebuilding key infrastructures in the nation. In 2005, the United States and Afghanistan signed a strategic partnership agreement committing both nations to a long-term relationship. In the meantime, multi-billion US dollars have also been provided by the international community for the reconstruction of the country.
- "Afghanistan". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
- The 2007 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics,and Society Conference University of Utah
- "Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East & Central Asia" May 2006, International Monetary Fund
- CIA world factbook, Afghanistan - Geography (Location: Southern Asia)
- University of California, , University of Pennsylvania, World Bank; US maps;  ; University of Washington Syracuse University
- Middle East Network Information Center (MENIC), University of Texas at Austin
- Afghanistan Profile, National Geographic (accessed 20 January 2006)
- Afghanistan, Middle East Institute (accessed 20 January 2006)
- Footnote: The Government of India also considers Afghanistan to be a bordering country. This is because it considers the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir to be a part of India including the portion bordering Afghanistan. A ceasefire sponsored by the United Nations in 1948 froze the positions of Indian and Pakistani held territory. As a consequence, the region bordering Afghanistan is in Pakistani-administered territory.
- Ahmad Shah Durrani, Britannica Concise.