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Central Asia Holt Chapter 19 Section 3 pp 469-473

Taliban a radical Muslim group that arose in the 1990s
Kabul the capital city of Afghanistan
factions opposing political groups
Astana the capital city of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has strong Russian influence, richest country in Central Asia and is a democratic republic with an elected president and parliament
Bishkek the capital city of Kyrgyzstan
dryland farming relies on rainfall instead of irrigation
Kyrgyzstan meaning "forty clans," farming is the most important industry here, Lake Issyk-Kul is here and government stability may be in question
Ashgabat the capital city of Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan houses the longest irrigation channel in the world, has a voted president for life and teaches Islam in schools with caution
Turkmen Carpets a famous artistic craft in Turkmenistan
Dushanbe the capital city of Tajikistan
Tajikistan struggles to overcome problems of government reform, is a republic with an elected president and suffered years of civil war
arable land that is suitable for growing crops
Tashkent the capital city of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan has the largest population and cities in the region, has an elected president but may have questionable human rights policies and a slowly growing economy
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