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Kabul, Afghanistan
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    (circa 2000 BC- )
    Capital of Afghanistan
    Population circa 3 million
    Conquered by Alexander the Great (3rd century BC)
    Captured by Muslim armies (871)
    Invaded by Britain (19th century)
    Occupied by Soviets (1979-1989)
    Captured by the Taliban (1996)
    Occupied by ISAF (NATO) forces (2001-8)
    Its famous fortress was destroyed by the British in retaliation for an earlier massacre (1879).
    Years of warfare in modern times severely damaged its economy.
    Most of its buildings were destroyed in the fighting among militias in the early 1990s.
    Its famous zoo lost many of its animals during this same period.
    One of its chief products is weapons.
    It was without regular electricity from 2001 to early 2009.
    It was located at a key point on the historic Asian trade route.
    It is Afghanistan's most modern, liberal city.
    It has a multicultural population.
    It was made the capital of the Afghan Transitional Administration in late 2001.
    Its economy and infrastructure have been gradually recovering since 2002.
    The Kabul Zoo is home to Afghanistan's only pig.

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