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Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

KABUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep. The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54948665/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/anxious-chin...

Female Lawmaker Defiant After Assassination Bid in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen sprayed a prominent female politician's vehicle with bullets in the Afghan capital on Tuesday but the victim remained defiant. Mariam Koofi was hospitalized with a wounded leg, according to her family. Her wounds were not ...http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/female-lawmaker-defiant-after-assassination-bi...

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been ...http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54989043/ns/world_news-europe/t/special-report-how-us-...

Afghanistan's surprises

"Relative to what we were expecting, it's very hard to not conclude that this was a real defeat for the Taliban," Andrew Wilder, an American expert on Afghanistan, said in a telephone interview from Kabul on Monday "And a very good day for the Afghan people."http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54900462/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/t/afghan...

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Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Updated April. 18, 2014

Afghanistan i / æ f ˈ ɡ æ n ɨ s t æ n Pashto: افغانستان, Afġānistān), officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked ...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan

The World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency

Updated April. 15, 2014

Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won ...https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/af.html

Afghanistan News - Breaking World Afghanistan News - The ...

Updated April. 18, 2014

World news about Afghanistan. Breaking news and archival information about its people, politics and economy from The New York Times.http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/afghani...

Afghanistan - U.S. Department of State

Updated April. 17, 2014

On May 2, 2012, the United States and Afghanistan signed the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the ...http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5380.htm