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Afghan men and women holding the Afghan flag (stripes of black, red, and green with a white emblem)
Image: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty ImagesImage: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images


The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has been under Taliban rule since 2021, following the withdrawal of the US and NATO-allied troops. The country's mountain passes were an important trade route along the Silk Road.

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