American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A landlocked country of southwest-central Asia. Since ancient times the region has been crisscrossed by invaders, including Persians, Macedonians, Arabs, Turks, and Mongols. Afghan tribes united in the 18th century under a single leadership, but a fully independent state did not emerge until 1919. Kabul is the capital and the largest city. Population: 31,900,000.
- n. A landlocked country in Central Asia. Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Capital: Kabul. Official languages: Persian (Dari), Pashto.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a mountainous country in central Asia.
- n. a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south
- From Persian افغان (Afğān, "Afghan") or Arabic افغان (Afġān, "Afghan") + Persian ستان (-stân, "place of"). (Wiktionary)
“While Cordesman has reams of publication devoted to Afghanistan, the most substantial analysis and policy recommendation paper from the last few months in my mind is Winning Afghanistan*.”
“ABDUL RAHIM WARDAK, AFGHANISTAN DEFENSE MINISTER: We believe that victory's in our grasp, only we have to vindicate the resources which is required, because the whole campaign in Afghanistan was under-resources for many, many years.”
“RICHARD HOLBROOKE, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN: A war going on in Afghanistan and the related war going on in the western tribal areas of Pakistan, and the combination is extraordinarily toxic.”
“Stefano Rellandini/Reuters IN AFGHANISTAN: Children looked at a Canadian soldier in a NATO-led coalition in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday.”
“HAMID KARZAI, PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN: For a number of years, maybe for another 15 to 20 years, Afghanistan will not be able to sustain a force of that nature and capability with its own resources.”
“AFGHANISTAN: FROM UK, RUSSIAN TO USA yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'AFGHANISTAN: FROM UK, RUSSIAN TO USA'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: The new US Government is planning to increase the war effort in Afghanistan and reduce the war effort in Iraq.”
“DAVID MCKIERNAN, NATO AFGHANISTAN COMMANDER: The word I don't use for Afghanistan is the word surge.”
“SENLIS AFGHANISTAN: Well, I have been living and working in southern Afghanistan and Kandahar for the last few years and I am familiar with this prison.”
“HAMID KARZAI, AFGHANISTAN: The security situation in Afghanistan over the past two years has definitely deteriorated.”
“HAMID KARZAI, PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN: Yes, I did predict and expect a rise in militant activity in Afghanistan.”
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