Afghanistan: Life beyond the scars: Many cannot afford food as sanctions hamper economy

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Analysts say the Afghan economy is in free fall as wide-ranging U.S. sanctions choke the government. That’s one year after the U.S. and its allies withdrew troops from the country and the Taliban returned to power. But experts say the sanctions have less of an impact on the acting authorities, but more on the common Afghan people. Zhou Jiaxin reports from Kabul.

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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

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