- a republic in central Asia, NW of India and E of Iran. 250,000 sq. mi. (647,500 sq. km). Capital: Kabul.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for afghanistan
In Afghanistan, there was a push to take back the southern province Helmand.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
Before it was split between Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Baluchistan spread over an area slightly larger than California.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
But why did the generals feel the need to rely on these groups, even after the Soviets left Afghanistan?Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children
December 17, 2014
He moved to Afghanistan and then back to Pakistan via Quetta and is now in Karachi.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
Went on my own responsibility to see the Ameer of Afghanistan.
I had enough of both in Afghanistan to last me for the remainder of my natural existence.A Study In Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
I knew a New Yorker who was kidnapped for ransom by some Afghanistan bandits.The Four Million
It grows on the outer slopes and foot-hills from Bhotan to Afghanistan.The Genus Pinus
George Russell Shaw
Candahar, though not the capital, is the chief town of Afghanistan.For Name and Fame
G. A. Henty
- 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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
In 1992, various rebel groups entered Kabul and took over the government; however, they soon fell to warring. Between 1994 and 1995, Islamic students, called the Taliban, seized Kabul and imposed both order and strict and repressive Islamic law. By 1998, the Taliban controlled ninety percent of the country. The most serious resistance to the Taliban came from the Northern Alliance, a body dominated by ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks. In October 2001, the United States launched attacks on the Taliban in response to the Taliban's refusal to expel Osama bin Laden and his terrorist Al Qaeda network.
Afghanistan is a poor nation with a history of warfare among its rival ethnic groups and of fierce resistance to outsiders.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.