U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Makes First Trip To Afghanistan as Pentagon Chief

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    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for his first visit as Pentagon chief amid swirling questions about how long American troops will remain in the country.

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    In This Story: Afghanistan

    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.

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