Noshaq is the highest mountain in Afghanistan, it is the second highest peak of the Hindu Kush Range at 7,492 m (24,580 ft), situated on the border between Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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Islamic Republic of Afghanistan | Afghanestan
Afghanistan’s recent history is characterized by war and civil unrest. The Soviet Union (Russia) invaded in 1979, but was forced to withdraw 10 years later by anti-Communist mujahidin forces supplied and trained by the US, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and others.
(Source: CIA – The World Factbook)
Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Afghanestan
short form: Afghanestan
int’l long form: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
int’l short form: Afghanistan
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Type: Islamic Republic.
Independence: 19 August 1919.
Constitution: 4 January 2004.
Terrain: Landlocked; mostly mountains and desert.
More than 3.5 million Afghans live outside the country, mainly in Pakistan and Iran, although over two and a half million have returned since the removal of the Taliban.
Annual population growth rate (2004 est.): 4.92%. This rate does not take into consideration the recent war and its continuing impact.
Main ethnic groups: Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Turkmen, Aimaq, Baluch, Nuristani, Kizilbash.
Religions: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi’a Muslim 19%, other 1%.
Languages: Dari (Afghan Persian), Pashto.
Literacy: 30-35%; (male 51%, female 21%)
Afghanistan key statistical data.
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Official Sites of Afghanistan
The Official Website of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Official website of the Parliament, the highest legislative organ of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Official website of the Ministry.
Offers news and up to date country information.
List of Afghanistan embassies in foreign countries.
Address list of Foreign Missions accredited in Afghanistan.
Official website of the Central Statistics Organization.
Afghanistan in Figures
Afghanistan key statistical data.
More Official Websites:
Ministries of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
List of Afghanistan’s National Government Agencies and Ministries.
Map of Afghanistan
Detailed Map of Afghanistan.
Google Earth Afghanistan
Searchable map/satellite view of Afghanistan.
Google Earth Kabul
Searchable map/satellite view of Afghanistan’s capital city.
Map of the Kashmir Region
Map of Asia
Reference Map of Asia.
Citadel in Herat, an ancient site from the time of Alexander the Great.
Afghan News Agency
With Afghanistan news.
Todays News of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan news (in English, Pashto and Persian (Dari)).
International News Sources
Up-to-date Afghanistan news.
Arab News Network based in Qatar.
Afghanistan news by the UK based Guardian.
News and Special Report by Eurasianet.org.
Press agencies news on Afghanistan .
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The ADL will retrieve and restore works published in Afghanistan between 1870 and 1930, and will make them available via the Internet.
Online magazine with Afghanistan fiction, poetry and visual arts.
Mediothek Afghanistan promotes peace building in five provinces of Afghanistan and is dedicated to rebuilding the fabric of Afghan society.
The online version of the first guide to the city in almost 30 years.
The Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
represent the artistic and religious developments which from the 1st to the 13th centuries characterized ancient Bakhtria, integrating various cultural influences into the Gandhara school of Buddhist art.
The area contains numerous Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as fortified edifices from the Islamic period. The site is also testimony to the tragic destruction by the Taliban of the two standing Buddha statues, which shook the world in March 2001.
Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
The 65m-tall Minaret of Jam is a graceful, soaring structure, dating back to the 12th century. The innovative architecture and decoration of the Minaret of Jam played a significant role in the development of the arts and architecture of the Indian sub-continent and beyond.
The city of Herat
The city of Herat, which is currently the regional capital of western Afghanistan, has long been of strategic, commercial and cultural significance to the wider region. Although the city has developed extensively in modern times, and has suffered the ravages of conflict, the site is unique in that it has largely retained its historical footprint, and many significant Islamic monuments have survived.
Modern Afghan Woman
Shrine of Ali, the Blue Mosque is located in the center of Mazar-i-Sharif.