Northwest Afghanistan

This section covers the northwestern portion of Afghanistan. The Northern Alliance held out here when Taliban controlled the rest of Afghanistan. The main ethnic groups are Uzbek and Tajik.

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Mazar-e Sharif, officially called Mazari Sharif and also Mazar-i-Sharif, Mazar-e Sharif, even Mazar Sharif or just Mazar is a city in Afghanistan and the capital of Balkh Province.


Balkh is a town in Afghanistan. Balkh was the capital of the historic region of Bactria, even before the arrival of Alexander the Great, and of a Greco-Bactrian Kingdom afterward.

The Salang Pass is in Afghanistan on the road between Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. It has been in use as a trade route between central Afghanistan and the northern region known historically as Bactria for at least four thousand years.

Sheberghan is the capital of Jowzjan Province in Afghanistan. It is in the region historically known as Bactria.

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