Badghis Province

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Badghis
بادغیس
Province of Afghanistan
A village in Badghis
Location within Afghanistan
Districts prior to 2005 realignment
Coordinates: 35°0′N 63°45′E / 35°N 63.75°E / 35; 63.75Coordinates: 35°0′N 63°45′E / 35°N 63.75°E / 35; 63.75
Country  Afghanistan
Provincial seat Qala i Naw
Districts
Government
 • Governor Dilbar Jan Arman Shinwari
Area
 • Total 20,591 km2 (7,950 sq mi)
 • Water 0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population [1]
 • Total 499,393
 • Density 20.9/km2 (54/sq mi)
Ethnic groups
 •   Tajiks
 •   Pashtuns
 •   Uzbeks
 •   Turkmen
Languages
 •   Dari Persian
Pashto
Turkmen
ISO 3166-2 code AF-BDG

Bādghīs (Persian/Pashto: بادغیس) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in northwestern Afghanistan, between the Murghab and Hari rivers. It goes as far northward as the edge of the desert of Sarakhs.

History[change | change source]

The province was one of the last captured by the Taliban in their military offensive before the American invasion in 2001. TheTajik people of the province never welcomed the Pashtun Taliban. The province was quickly retaken by Northern Alliance forces.

Geography[change | change source]

Badghis Province is in the isolated hills of northwestern Afghanistan. Its borders are Herat, Ghor, and Faryab provinces as well as Turkmenistan.

Politics[change | change source]

The current Governor of the province is Delbar Jan Arman.

Economy[change | change source]

Agriculture is the main source of people's income. The Murghab and Hari rivers makes the land suitable for farming. The province had a bad drought in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This has gotten better.[2] Badghis is the biggest in pistachio production in Afghanistan. It is also one of the carpet-making capitals of the country.

Transportation[change | change source]

Badghis Province has little transportation. Qala i Naw Airport (QAQN) is the only airport.[3]

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