Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Bonus Edition: Afghanistan special | The Stream” – below is their description.
This week on The Stream, we look back at some of our coverage of Afghanistan – from 2019 to the Taliban takeover this week. From two years ago, a conversation about women’s rights and the #AfghanWomenWillNotGoBack movement. In April, we asked whether the US was abandoning Afghan workers, and heard from guests who were early to sound the alarm. And a special behind-the-scenes moment from this week’s look at the next chapter of Afghanistan.
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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.
Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within the country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader has been Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.