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Afghanistan, known officially as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked nation in the middle of Asia.
Afghanistan is a country located in central Asia. The region has a history of violence, especially during the 20th and early 21st Centuries, including the invasion of the country by the Soviet Union, and the American-led coalition to eliminate Al-Qaeda cells. Originally part of the Persian Empire, Afghanistan has been a Muslim nation since at least the 7th Century AD.