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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.

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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References in classic literature ?
At least no living man could ascertain whether it was by way of Balkh, Badakshan, Chitral, Beluchistan, or Nepaul, or anywhere else.
This was the time when Afghanistan was claiming Chitral and Badakshan and for British to acknowledge Afghan claim to Chitral would have meant abandoning the Hindukush as British frontiers.
23) in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and finally Badakshan (chaps.
"Elders from Badakshan ask to build girls' schools.
This has even given rise to rumours that China is mulling over setting up a military base in Afghanistan's Badakshan province, close to the Wakhan Corridor which borders the Xinjiang region.
Although Islam remains the dominant faith, today the more remote and mountainous regions such as the Wakhan Valley (Badakshan) retain an independence of faith that is quite unlike the mixture of beliefs and secularities of Central Asia as a whole.
This also explains why the majority of Chinese development spending in Afghanistan - $90m worth in September 2017 alone - is concentrated in Badakshan, the proximate Afghan province."
China will reportedly train Afghan troops for deployment in the Wakhan Corridor, which links the Afghan province of Badakshan with western China.
Kabul -- US conducted a drone strike in Afghanistan's area of Badakshan against suspected Taliban hideouts on Tuesday killed eight, according to media reports.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Brigadier General Abdul Kaliq Aqsa has been appointed as the new security chief of the northeastern Badakshan province.
Born in the Shugnan District of Badakshan in 1940, Honaliev graduated from Tajik State University's Economics Faculty in 1965, worked for several years in the Human Resources Department of Shirin, a candy factory in Dushanbe, then went to work for SOPS, simultaneously pursuing graduate work under Narzikulov.
The operations were conducted in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Shegal, Nari districts of Kunar province, Ab Band district of Ghazni province, Kurkh district of Herat province, Dandi-iGhori locality of Baghlan, Tushkan district of Badakshan and Helmand provinces, said a statement by the MoD.