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    With US troops beginning the process of pulling out from Afghanistan over the coming weekend, fears are growing in the country about the future of womens’ rights. A resurgent Taliban could potentially have a greater say in running the country. The group has said in the past that it supports the role of women under an Islamic system. But given its past record, that may not mean much. There are also questions about how much of a priority, womens’ rights have been during the mostly male led peace negotiations. Altogether, it doesn’t paint a hopeful picture for the future of rights that women have enjoyed in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

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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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