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Afghanistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country that is located approximately in the center of Asia. It is variously designated as geographically located within Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. It is bordered by Iran in the south and west, Pakistan in the south and east, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. Afghanistan is a crossroads between the East and the West, and has been an ancient focal point of trade and migration. It has an important geostrategic location, connecting South and Central Asia and Middle East. Because of this, the land has been a target of various invaders and conquerors, as well as a source from which local powers invaded surrounding regions to form their own empires. Ahmad Shah Durrani created the Durrani Empire in 1747, which is considered the beginning of modern Afghanistan. Subsequently, the capital was shifted to Kabul and most of its territories ceded to former neighboring countries. In the late 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 in addition to foreign interventions in the form of the 1979 Soviet invasion and the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban government. In late 2001 the United Nations Security Council authorized the creation of an International Security Assistance Force . 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.

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Culture of Afghanistan - Kabul
Culture of Afghanistan The culture of Afghanistan has been largely influenced by Islam. However, the different regions of this country have their own traditions. Each of these traditions reflect the multi-cultural and multi-lingual character of the nation. For instance, the Pashtuns practice Pashtunwali. Pashtunwali is a pre-Islamic cultural tradition. The culture of Afghanistan was also dominated by the various pre-Islamic religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Baha i Faith. Afghanistan culture has also been influenced by its location. The culture of Afghanistan is evident in its various art forms. Local art in this country has spanned for many centuries. One of the most famous art forms prevalent in Afghanistan is th...

Music of Afghanistan - Kabul
Music of Afghanistan Modern music of Afghanistan is roughly divided into traditional, modern and post-modern. The boundaries between the different categories of music of Afghanistan cannot be demarcated properly. Music in Afghanistan clearly reflect eras of pre- Soviet, intra-Soviet and post-Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Neighboring cultures have also influenced the Afghanistan music. When the country was under Taliban domination, music in Afghanistan was banned completely. During that period, music was created in exile. Also, most of the musicians produced music in the United States and Canada. Culture in Afghanistan has been greatly influenced by its music. Music in Afghanistan is chiefly represented by traditional folk songs,...

New Year in Afghanistan - Kabul
New Year in Afghanistan New Year in Afghanistan is celebrated peacefully. Afghanistan New Year is called Nowroz or the first day of a new year. New Year in Afghanistan is marked with a glorious celebration. On this day, Afghans attend the flag-hoisting ceremonies at their local renowned tombs. During the New Year in Afghanistan, the natives prepare and serve a special kind of fruit drink called Haft Miwa. The Haft Miwa is made of seven kinds of fruits. New Year is one of the main holidays in Afghanistan. At this time of the year, people enjoy themselves and visit their relatives. The New Year celebrations in Afghanistan take place in all the provinces. However, maximum pomp is witnessed in the capital, Kabul. In Kabul, the New Year celeb...

Shopping in Afghanistan - Kabul
Shopping in Afghanistan Shopping is something you cannot do without during your Afghanistan tours. There are many options for shopping in Afghanistan. Some of the things that you can buy from the various shops of Afghanistan are Turkman hats, Istaff pottery materials, local glassware from Herat, nomad jewelry and handmade carpets and rugs. For shopping in Afghanistan, you can also go to the shops that sell Nuristani woodcarvings, silk ware, brass, copper and silver work. Afghanistan shopping will give you opportunities to buy all kinds of items. The shopping hours in this country are generally from Saturday to Wednesday, 8 am to 12 pm and then from 1pm till 4:30 pm. On Thursday, shopping in Afghanistan is done from 8 am till 1: 30 pm. ...

World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan - Kabul
World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan Afghanistan has a rich heritage of ancient architectural structures. This is the very reason that UNESCO has designated two important sites as World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan. They are the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, and The Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam. These World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan has been added up to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2003 and 2002 respectively. The World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan are great places to plan excursions in Afghanistan. They are the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Afghanistan. There are many specific criterion, through which the sites have been passed to make it sure that they fulfill ...