from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A landlocked country of southwest-central Asia. Frequently dominated since ancient times by foreign empires, Afghanistan gained full independence only in 1919. The USSR invaded in 1979 but met fierce resistance from Afghan insurgents and withdrew its troops in 1989. The resulting power vacuum led to the rise of the Taliban, which established strict Islamic rule over most of the country. The Taliban was overthrown by a US-led invasion in 2001 that set up a pro-Western government, although armed resistance continued in many parts of the country. Kabul is the capital and the largest city.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a mountainous country in central Asia.

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  • proper noun A landlocked country in Central Asia. Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Capital: Kabul. Official languages: Persian (Dari), Pashto.

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  • noun 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


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From Persian افغان (Afğān, "Afghan") or Arabic افغان (Afġān, "Afghan") + Persian ستان (-stân, "place of").


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    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2009

  • Stefano Rellandini/Reuters IN AFGHANISTAN: Children looked at a Canadian soldier in a NATO-led coalition in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday.

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  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Oct 5, 2009

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Feb 27, 2009

  • DAVID MCKIERNAN, NATO AFGHANISTAN COMMANDER: The word I don't use for Afghanistan is the word surge.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2008

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jun 14, 2008

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Oct 5, 2008

  • HAMID KARZAI, AFGHANISTAN: The security situation in Afghanistan over the past two years has definitely deteriorated.

    CNN Transcript Aug 6, 2007


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