Qalay-I-Zal District

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Qalay-I-Zal District

ولسوالی قلعه ذال
Qalay-I-Zal District is located in Afghanistan
Qalay-I-Zal District
Qalay-I-Zal District
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 37°00′47″N 68°27′37″E / 37.0131°N 68.4603°E / 37.0131; 68.4603Coordinates: 37°00′47″N 68°27′37″E / 37.0131°N 68.4603°E / 37.0131; 68.4603
Country Afghanistan
ProvinceKunduz Province
Time zoneUTC+4:30 (Afghanistan Standard Time)

Qalay-I-Zal District (ولسوالی قلعه ذال), also spelled Qala-i-Zal, is situated in the western part of Kunduz Province, northern Afghanistan. It borders Balkh Province to the west and Tajikistan to the north along the Panj, Vakhsh and Amu Darya rivers. To the east it borders Imam Sahib District and to the south Kunduz and Chahar dara districts. Qalay-I-Zal River flows through the district and divides it in two parts; the population is 60,600 (2006) - 90% Turkmen and 10% Pashtun. The district is almost a desert and only the irrigated land is arable; the agriculture and carpet weaving are the most important sources of income.

The district was fought over with the Taliban in the War in Afghanistan.[1]

The Taliban captured Qalay-I-Zal District on 6 May 2017 during their 2017 spring offensive; Operation Mansoori.[2]


  1. ^ "Afghan Forces Fail to Turn Back Taliban Gains". July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Conquest of Kala-e-Zal, Al Emarah Studio's new video report". 7 May 2017.

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