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Kabul facts

Kabul is, as most know by now, the capital of the country and Kabul Province. Kabul is on the Kabul River, situated at an elevation of about 1800 m (about 5900 ft) making it one of the highest capital cities in the World. The population is around 1 million people. The nation's chief economic and cultural center, it has long been of strategic importance because of its proximity to the Khyber Pass, an important pass in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Manufactures of the city include textiles, processed food, chemicals, and wood products. Tajiks are the predominant population group of Kabul, and Pashtuns are an important minority.

An ancient community, Kabul rose to prominence in 1504, when it was made the capital of the Moghul Empire by the conqueror Babur. Delhi replaced it as the imperial capital in 1526, but Kabul remained an important Moghul center until it was captured, in 1738, by the Persian ruler Nadir Shah. In 1747 Kabul became part of an independent Afghan state, and in the 1770s it replaced Qandahar as the capital of Afghanistan. It was a focus of British, Persian, and Russian rivalry for control of the Khyber Pass in the 19th century, when it was twice occupied (1839-1842 and 1879-1880) by British troops. The city grew as an industrial center after 1940.

Kabul was occupied by troops of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1979; the USSR withdrew from Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 1989. The city has gone through the toughest and most disastrous civil war in its history between 1992-1996. Over 50,000 people lost their lives during the Mujahideen infightings on the streets of Kabul in 1992-1996 period. The city has been under the control of the Taliban government since 1996 and ended in 2001. The Northern Alliance took over the city as the Taliban withdrew from Kabul and retreated southwards. The fate of the city is yet to be known.

Infrastructures such as roads and traffic system, telephone system, electricity, water sanitation, renovation of buildings are in shambles and the need for reconstruction is very much needed to bring back the city of Kabul to a better place for living.

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  • Pros:Interesting seeing what's going on here now
  • Cons:People harassing you in the street
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  • Dec 29, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Hello Nourin, I enjoy your page. I am wanting to buy rings and cuff bracelets from your country. Can you help me find someone who can sell them to me? Thank you! Beautiful baby!!!! Regards, Kaylor

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    Dec 31, 2004 at 4:59 AM

    Very interesting pages. What brought you to Afghanistan?

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    Sep 29, 2004 at 9:34 AM

    I liked your comment about Chicken street, but If you bargain long enough you can get some good deals. Your right about the Bazzar, its a lot easier to get the good stuff.

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2004 at 11:21 PM

    Wow, what a superb destination, i really enjoyed reading your pages. All the best to you ***CLIFF***

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2004 at 1:36 AM

    Great and informative page! Excellent tips! And stunning landscaps on the main page!

  • j-san's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2003 at 6:43 AM

    frustration but an inability to leave or forget - sums up my feelings for India...

  • trotador's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2003 at 8:48 PM

    very nice page. The info and pics are so good.

  • Nov 23, 2003 at 6:23 PM

    excellant tips.. i can't wait to visit!

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2003 at 5:35 AM

    What a lovely page!!! Thanks for your informative tips and pretty pics!!! Would love to visit someday soon!!!

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2003 at 9:28 PM

    I definitely want to try the afghan toilets(I prefer in winter)


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