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Friday, 27 March 2015

Puli Khumri - Citiy of Afghanistan - Todays WorldTour

Puli Khumri (Persian:پل خمری) is a city in northern Afghanistan. It is the capital of Baghlan Province and as of 2002 had a population of 60,000. The spoken language is mainly Persian and the vast majority in this city are ethnic Tajiks.
View of the city

There are two dams in Puli Khumri, which provides the necessary electricity.
Afghanistan's first cement factory was built in 1954 in Puli Khumri with financial support from Czechoslovakia. It is owned by Mahmud Karzai, the brother of Hamid Karzai. The limestone is mined from the hill behind the factory.
There is a coal mine outside of the city in the village Kan-kan, but the production system is archaic.
Agriculture is very important because of the rain and temperature; wheat and rice are the main crops.
Provincial Reconstruction Team
Hungary headed a Provincial reconstruction team in the city until March 2013.
Electrical transmission lines built from Puli Khumri are now bringing a steady supply of electricity to Kabul.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Jalalabad - Citiy of Afghanistan - Todays WorldTour

Jalalabad (Pashto/Persian: جلال آباد Jalālābād), formerly called Adina Pur (Pushto:آدينه پور) as documented by the 7th century Hsüan-tsang, is a city in eastern Afghanistan. Located at the junction of the Kabul River and Kunar River near the Laghman valley, Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar province. It is linked by approximately 155 kilometres (95 mi) of highway with Kabul to the west. Jalalabad is the second-largest city in eastern Afghanistan as well as the centre of its social and business activity because of its border to Pakistan which is the main source of products to all Afghanistan. Major industries include papermaking, as well as agricultural products including oranges, rice and sugarcane. Jalalabad is one of the leading trading centres with neighbouring Pakistan.
 A panoramic view of a section of Jalalabad

 Jalalabad Bridge

 Jalalabad Cricket Stadium

 Pashtunistan Square

 Mosque in Jalalabad

 Governor's House in Jalalabad

 Building on a main road.

 Maurya Empire under Ashoka the Great

 Newly excavated Buddhist stupa at Mes Aynak in Logar Province of Afghanistan. Similar stupas have been discovered in neighboring Ghazni Province, including in the northern Samangan Province.

 Market in Jalalabad in 1969

 An Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter comes in for a landing at Jalalabad Airport in October 2011.

 Sherzai Cricket Stadium (under construction)

Mausoleum of King Amanullah Khan

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Taloqan - Citiy of Afghanistan - Todays WorldTour

Tāloqān (Persian/Pashto: طالقان, also transcribed Tāleqān or Tāluqān) is the capital of Takhar Province, in northeastern Afghanistan. It is located in the Taluqan District. The population was estimated as 196,400 in 2006

 Takhar Provincial Governor Office in Taloqan

 market street in Taloqan

The old city to the west on the riverside was described by Marco Polo in 1275 CE as:
    "a castle called Taikhan, where there is a great corn-market, and the country round is fine and fruitful. The hills that lie to the south of it are large and lofty. They all consist of white salt, extremely hard, with which the people for a distance of thirty days' journey round, come to provide themselves, for it is esteemed the purest that is found in the world. It is so hard, that it can be broken only with great iron hammers. The quantity is so great that all the countries of the earth might be supplied from thence."
In 1603, Taloqan ("Talhan") was visited by another European explorer, Bento de Góis, who was traveling with a caravan from Kabul to Yarkand (then the capital of Kashgaria).

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Kunduz - Citiy of Afghanistan - Todays WorldTour

Kunduz (Pashto: کندز‎; Persian: قندوز‎) is a city in northern Afghanistan, which serves as the capital of Kunduz Province. It is sometimes spelled as Kundûz, Qonduz, Qondûz, Konduz, Kondûz, Kondoz, or Qhunduz.
Sitting in the Kunduz District, the population of the city is around 304,600. It is about the 5th largest city of Afghanistan in terms of population.
Kunduz is located in the historical Tokharistan in the region of Bactria. It is linked by highways with Mazar-e Sharif to the west, Kabul to the south and Sher Khan Bandar to the north. Kunduz is located at an elevation of 391 meters above sea level.

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Kunduz is the site of the ancient city of Drapsaka. It was a great center of Buddhist learning and very prosperous during the 3rd century AD.
The city used to be called Walwalij and the name Kuhandiz began to be used from the Timurid time.
In the 18-19th centuries it was the capital of a rather large eponymous, sometimes independent, sometimes autonomous Uzbek-Tajik khanate that in 1820s encompassed land from Khulm to the Pamir Mountains. It was part of The Great Game between the British and Russians. This khanate was finally destroyed by Afghanistan in 1859. Between one hundred and two-hundred thousand Tajiks and Uzbeks fled the conquest of their homeland by Russian Red Army and settled in northern Afghanistan.
In the early 20th century, under the governance of Sher Khan Nasher, Kunduz became one of the wealthiest Afghan provinces. This was mainly due to Nasher's founding of the Spinzar Cotton Company, which continues to exist in post-war Afghanistan.
Kunduz is the most important agricultural province which produces wheat, rice, millet, and other products and obtained the nickname of "the hive of the country."
Kunduz is the centre for the north east provinces, and was the stronghold of the Taliban during its regime. It was the last major city held by the Taliban before its fall to US-backed Afghan Northern Alliance forces on November 26, 2001. The city is strategically important because it is the only way connecting Takhar province and Badakhshan provinces, which play a critical role in the existing government.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Mazar-i-Sharif - Citiy of Afghanistan - Todays WorldTour

Mazar-i-Sharif or Mazar-e-Sharif (Persian/Pashto: مزارِ شریف, ˌmæˈzɒːr ˌi ʃæˈriːf) is the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, with a population of about 375,000 as of 2006. It is the capital of Balkh province and is linked by highways with Kunduz in the east, Kabul in the southeast, Herat in the west and Uzbekistan in the north. Mazar-e Sharif, along with Herat, Jalalabad in the east and Kandahar in the south, makes Afghanistan an important strategic location in Asia. The city also serves as one of the many tourist attractions because of its famous shrines as well as the Muslim and Hellenistic archeological sites. In 2006, the discovery of new Hellenistic remains was announced.
The region around Mazar-e-Sharif has been historically part of Greater Khorasan and was controlled by the Tahirids followed by the Saffarids, Samanids, Ghaznavids, Ghurids, Ilkhanates, Timurids, and Khanate of Bukhara until the mid-18th century when it became part of the Durrani Empire after a friendship treaty was signed between emirs Murad Beg and Ahmad Shah Durrani. The Mazari Sharif Airport in the city has been heavily used during the 1980s Soviet war and the latest 2001-present war.
The name "Mazar-e Sharif" means "Noble Shrine", a reference to the large, blue-tiled sanctuary and mosque in the center of the city known as the Shrine of Hazrat Ali or the Blue Mosque. Some Muslims believe that the tomb of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, is at this mosque in Mazari Sharif, after Ali's remains were transferred to Mazar-i-Sharif as per request of Ja'far as-Sadiq.[citation needed] However, most Muslims believe that the grave of Ali is at the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq.

 Afghan Air Force helicopter flies over Mazar-i-Sharif

 Blue Mosque

 View from Maulana Jalaludin Cultural Park

 Industrial area.

 Camp Marmal, located south of the city next to Mazar-i-Sharif Airport

 Thomas de Maizière, German Minister of Defense, with Balkh Governor Atta Muhammad Nur in 2010.

 U.S. Senator John Kerry at Balkh University in May 2011.

 Locals of Mazar-i-Sharif enjoying rides at a small family amusement park which is still under construction.

 Store in Mazar-i-Sharif with Russian name in Cyrillic

 An American C-5 Galaxy at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport.

 The Blue Mosque is the main attraction which made the city famous.

 Governor's Palace

 Mazar-i-Sharif Gate under construction (July 2012)
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