(Pashto: خوست) is one of the thirty-four provinces of
Afghanistan. It is in the south-east of the country. Its
capital is Khost. It used to be part of Paktia province.
The province is montanious and borders Pakistan on the
east. Khost was the first city to be liberated from
communist rule during the Soviet invasion of
In 1986, the Central Intelligence Agency built a
training complex and storage facility for Osama bin
Laden in Khost province, where bin Laden subsequently
trained 35,000 volunteers. This site continued in
operation until it was ordered bombed by President Bill
Clinton in August of 1998.