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Charikar (chäˈrĭkär) [key], city, NE Afghanistan. It is noted for its pottery and high-quality grapes. During the 1960s Afghanistan's largest textile factory was built nearby. During the 1979–89 occupation by Soviet forces, the region around Charikar was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting.

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