Islamic State of Afghanistan

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Islamic State of Afghanistan
دولت اسلامی افغانستان
Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan
1992–2002 (de jure)
1992–1996; 2001–2002 (de facto) (Taliban occupation: 1996–2001)
lā ʾilāha ʾillà l-Lāh, Muḥammadun rasūlu l-Lāh
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
"There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah"
قلعه اسلام قلب اسیا
(English: "Fortress of Islam, Heart of Asia")
Capital Kabul
(de jure)
Capital-in-exile Northern Afghanistan
(1996–2001, during occupation)
Languages Pashto, Dari
Religion Sunni Islam
Government Unitary Islamic provisional government (1992-1996, 2001-2002)
Government-in-exile (1996-2001)
 •  1992 Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
 •  1992–2001 Burhanuddin Rabbani
 •  2001–2002 Hamid Karzai
Prime Minister
 •  1992 Abdul Kohistani (first)
 •  1997 Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai (last)
Historical era Civil War / War on Terror
 •  Peshawar Accord 24 April 1992
 •  2002 loya jirga 19 June 2002
Currency Afghan afghani (AFA)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan

The Islamic State of Afghanistan[1] (Persian: دولت اسلامی افغانستان‎, Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan) was the official name of the country of Afghanistan after the fall of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. It existed alongside the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ruled by the Taliban, until the Emirate was overthrown by the United States as part of the Invasion of Afghanistan.


The President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan was Burhanuddin Rabbani. The country was renamed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by the Taliban, after seizing control of the majority of the country in 1996. The United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan, known in the Western Hemisphere as the Northern Alliance, was created by the Islamic State of Afghanistan and its former opponents against the Taliban. The Islamic State remained the internationally recognized representative of Afghanistan at the United Nations until 2001, when the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan was created and an Afghan Interim Administration took control of Afghanistan with U.S. and NATO assistance, following the overthrow of the Taliban government.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2001). "CIA -- The World Factbook -- Afghanistan" (mirror). Retrieved 2012-06-06. note - the self-proclaimed Taliban government refers to the country as Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan 

Preceded by
Republic of Afghanistan
Islamic State of Afghanistan
1992 – 1996
Succeeded by
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan