Badakhshan


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Badakhshan,

autonomous province, Tajikistan: see Gorno-BadakhsanGorno-Badakhshan
or Badakhshan,
Tajik Kuhistoni Badakhshon, autonomous province (1991 est. pop. 167,100), c.24,600 sq mi (63,710 sq km), roughly constituting the eastern half of Tajikistan, in the Pamir.
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Badakhshan

(bädäkhshän`, bədəkhshän`), province (1979 est. pop. 497,000), 17,011 sq mi (44,059 sq km), extreme NE Afghanistan, between the Hindu Kush Mts. and the Amu Darya River. The capital is FaizabadFaizabad
or Feyzabad
, city (1992 est. pop. 9,098), capital of Badakhshan prov., NE Afghanistan, on the Kokcha River. The chief commercial and administrative center of NE Afghanistan and the Pamir region, Faizabad also has rice and flour mills.
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. Renowned for its mineral wealth, it is the world's chief source of lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone. The deposits have been worked for more than 3,000 years. Rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and gold have also been mined. Mountain goats and the famed Marco Polo wild sheep are hunted in the province. Some agriculture and sheep and goat herding are also practiced. In 1859 it became a part of Afghanistan. Badhakshan's most distinctive feature is the Vakhan (Wakhan Corridor), a long narrow panhandle that passes between Tajikistan in the north and Pakistan in the south, linking Afghanistan with the XinjiangXinjiang
or Sinkiang
[Chinese,=new frontier], officially Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (Mandarin Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu), autonomous region (2010 pop. 21,813,334), c.637,000 sq mi (1,650,257 sq km), NW China.
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 region in China. Badakhshan was once part of the ancient Greek kingdom of BactriaBactria
, ancient Greek kingdom in central Asia. Its capital was Bactra, present-day Balkh in N Afghanistan. Before the Greek conquest, the region was an eastern province of the Persian Empire.
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. Many of its inhabitants are Tajiks.
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The information about the construction of the Chinese military base on the territory of Badakhshan province between Beijing and Kabul appeared in January.
Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb 13 ( ANI ): At least eight militants were killed and six others got injured in operations carried out by the Afghan forces in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan.
International terrorists and al-Qaeda militants are operating in Badakhshan.
We ask the central government to increase the airstrikes in Badakhshan,' said Bashir Samim provincial council member.
This comes as the security situation in northern Faryab and northeastern Badakhshan provinces have sharply deteriorated during the recent months.
Taliban militants who have been fighting over the past couple of months to consolidate positions in Badakhshan province, haven't commented.
Assessment is still ongoing in the remote districts of Badakhshan.
The government should take serious action because the crisis in Badakhshan is taking the lives of many youths," Haidari says.
The police base, in the Wardoj district, had been cut off as heavy rains destroyed roads into the area, said General Baba Jan, Badakhshan province police chief.
Context: The National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment completed in 2011 and 2012 shows that Badakhshan is the province that has the most people affected by food insecurity.
by Gul Mohammad Tanha on 29 September, 2014 - 16:13 FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): A militant leader, who recently joined the peace process in northeastern Badakhshan province, claimed on Monday that foreign spy agencies were igniting violence in Afghanistan.
The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has provided urgent relief aid for the fourth consecutive day to those affected by the rains and landslides in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.