Quick Guide: Afghanistan's challenges
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Introduction

Soviet invasion

Rise of the Taleban

US-led war

Rebuilding

Challenges

Introduction

Afghanistan is strategically placed between the Middle East, central Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

For centuries, foreign armies have fought over it and tried to conquer it.

Many have been defeated by the rugged terrain - mountains cover four-fifths of the land - and fierce resistance from the different tribal groups.

Ethnic, religious and regional rivalries and the terrain have also made it hard for the authorities in the capital, Kabul, to rule the country.

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