Afghanistan Primer

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Often invaded, rarely conquered

and Bordering Nations

Map of Afghanistan

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Bordered by such diverse nations as China and Iran, Afghanistan has endured a long history of invasion and instability. The mountainous geography of the region hinders the unity of its ethnic groups, yet in the face of invasion they become a formidable foe.

Below find resources on the people, places, and religion of this region.

Profile: Afghanistan
Geography, government, largest cities, and economic statistics

History of Afghanistan
The location of Afghanistan has enticed conquerors throughout history . . .

Afghan War
The struggle of the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet army

Who's Who in Afghanistan
Ahmed Shah Massoud to Muhammad Zahir Shah

Who Are the Taliban?
The history of Afghanistan's ruling faction

Taliban Timeline
October 7, 2001: U.S. begins bombing . . .

Encyclopedia: Afghanistan
Land and people, economy, history, bibliography

Afghanistan: Places, People, Religion

Cities and Regions

Religion and Ethnicity