Japan Self Defense Force
自衛隊（self defence force)
＞The Self Defence Force’s purpose is to ＞preserve peace, public order and ＞Japan’s independence and safety. Over ＞6% of the national budget is spent on ＞the SDF (1999). Military service is ＞not mandatory. The force has about ＞250,000 members. Supreme commander is ＞the Prime Minister.
＞The constitution prohibits Japan to ＞maintain military forces and to lead ＞war for settling international ＞disputes.
Afghanistan Online: General Information About Afghanistan
＞Afghanistan, (which literally means ＞Land of the Afghan) is a mountainous ＞land-locked country located in Central ＞Asia. It has a history and culture ＞that goes back over 5000 years.
＞Afghanistan is a heterogeneous nation, ＞in which there are four major ethnic ＞groups: Pashtoons, Tajiks, Hazaras, ＞and Uzbeks. Numerous other minor ＞ethnic groups (Nuristanis, Baluchis, ＞Turkmens, etc.) also call Afghanistan ＞their home.
＞Today, Afghanistan is on a road to ＞recovery, however, after decades of ＞war, the economy is still in ruins, ＞its environment is in a state of ＞crises. The country is riddled with ＞landmines left from the war, which are ＞still injuring and killing people on a ＞daily basis. Afghanistan is being run ＞by an interim administration headed by ＞Hamid Karzai.
BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Analysis: Who are the Taleban?
＞The group - comprised of Afghans ＞trained in religious schools in ＞Pakistan along with former Islamic ＞fighters or mujahedin - proved ＞effective bodyguards, driving off ＞other mujahedin groups who attacked ＞and looted the convoy.
＞They went on to take the nearby city ＞of Kandahar, beginning a remarkable ＞advance which led to their capture of ＞the capital, Kabul, in September 1996.