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- Main gallery: National symbols of Afghanistan.
- Main gallery: Maps of Afghanistan.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton standing with Afghan female politicians.
Afghan National ArmyEdit
- Main gallery: Afghan National Army.
Soldiers of the Afghan National Army, including the ANA Commando Brigade standing in the front
History of AfghanistanEdit
Alexander the Great explored the land in 330 BCE after defeating the Achaemenids.
Cities in the north were governed by Seleucus I Nicator while cities in the south were governed by the Maurya Empire, which introduced religions of India such as Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
From what is now Iran, Islam began spreading in Afghanistan in the 7th century.
The Ghaznavid Empire was established in 975 with its capital at Ghazni, Afghanistan.
The Hotak Empire was established in 1709 with its capital at Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Ahmad Shah Durrani established the Durrani Empire in 1747 with Kandahar, Afghanistan, serving as its main capital.