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Province of Herat

 

Herat   هرات

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Capital Herat
Population 1,180,000
Area 54,778 km˛
Time Zone UTC + 4:30
Main Languages Dari (Persian)

Herat (Persian: هرات) is a province of Afghanistan; together with Badghis, Farah, and Ghor provinces it makes up the western region of the country. Its primary city and administrative capital is also named Herat, and its proximity to Iran makes it a sensitive area as Iran seeks to protect its interests in post-Taliban Afghanistan.


The province was one of the first major battlegrounds in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and remained an active area of guerrilla warfare throughout, with local military commander and mujahideen Ismail Khan leading resistance to Soviet rule from 1979 until the Soviet withdrawal in 1989. When the Soviets withdrew, Khan became the governor of the province, in which position he remained until the Taliban took control of the province in 1995. Following the ousting of the Taliban in 2001 by the Afghan Northern Alliance (supported by the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan), Khan once again became governor.


The province was ruled more or less autocratically by Khan, despite some attempts by the interim central government (headed by Hamid Karzai) to weaken the power of local strongmen. Khan's rule has engendered some controversy, though Herat has remained largely free of the violence that has plagued some other regions of post-Taliban Afghanistan.

The Districts of Herat

District Area Population
Adraskan n/a n/a
Chishti sharif n/a n/a
Farsi n/a n/a
Ghoryan n/a n/a
Gulran n/a n/a
Guzara n/a n/a
Injil n/a n/a
Karukh n/a n/a
Kohsan n/a n/a
Kushk n/a n/a
Kushki Kuhna n/a n/a
Obe n/a n/a
Pashtun Zarghun n/a n/a
Shindand n/a n/a
Zinda Jan n/a n/a

 

Provinces of Afghanistan

Badakhshan » Badghis » Baghlan » Balkh » Bamyan » Daykundi » Farah » Faryab » Ghazni » Ghor » Helmand » Herat Jowzjan » Kabul » Kandahar » Kapisa » Khost » Konar » Kunduz » Laghman » Lowgar » Nangarhar » Nimruz » Nurestan Oruzgan » Paktia » Paktika » Panjshir » Parwan » Samangan » Sar-e-Pol » Takhar » Wardak » Zabul

 

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