Situated 5,800 feet above sea level on a barren plateau surrounded by rugged, treeless mountains, Kabul guards the entrance to the Khyber Pass, the traditional route between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The capital city Kabul is the largest in Afghanistan with a population of over three and a half million people.
The topic of arranged marriages is controversial only to Westerners.
It is quite commonplace in tribal societies around the world, and is a way to strengthen political alliances and build family wealth.
There are also numerous other languages spoken in the country (Baluchi, Pashai, Nuristani, etc.), and bilingualism is very common.
The word "Afghan" historically has been used to designate the members of an ethnic group also called the Pashtuns, but Afghanistan is multicultural and multiethnic.