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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 independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 Communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan Communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-Communist mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama bin Ladin. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. (Source: CIA World FactBook)

Geography of Afghanistan
Geography of Afghanistan: Read this article to learn about Afghanistan. Learn about Afghanistan's history, government, economy, geography and climate from Geography at About.com.

Map of Afghanistan
A nice clear map of Afghanistan from CIA World FactBook.

Geography and Map of Afghanistan
A political map, comprehensive data, and flag from the CIA World FactBook.

Blank Outline Map of Afghanistan
A free blank outline map of Afghanistan to print out for educational, school, or classroom use.

Merriam-Webster Map of Afghanistan
A clear and detailed Afghanistan map along with basic geographic facts from Merriam-Webster. The map includes many cities and major physical features.

Afghanistan Maps
A nice collection of large detailed maps of Afghanistan from the PCL Map Collection.

Afghanistan: History, Geography, Government, and Culture
Great data and historical information from Infoplease.com

A Country Study: Afghanistan
Comprehensive book-length information from the Library of Congress. Published in 2001.

Background Note – Afghanistan
A great profile, including political history, from the U.S. State Department.

Afghanistan Primer
A fantastic resource from Infoplease.com; includes history, profile, biography, and more.

Flags of the World - Afghanistan
The flag of Afghanistan and everything you ever wanted to know about the flag.

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