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Nuristan

[noo r-uh-stan, -stahn] /ˌnʊər əˈstæn, -ˈstɑn/
noun
1.
a mountainous region in NE Afghanistan. 5000 sq. mi. (12,950 sq. km).
Formerly Kafiristan.
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Nuristan

/ˌnʊərɪˈstɑːn/
noun
1.
a region of E Afghanistan: consists mainly of high mountains (including part of the Hindu Kush), steep narrow valleys, and forests. Area: about 13 000 sq km (5000 sq miles) Former name Kafiristan
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Kafiristan

historic region in eastern Afghanistan, about 5,000 square miles (13,000 square km) in area and comprising the upper valleys of the Alingar, Pich, and Landay Sind rivers and the intervening mountain ranges. Its northern boundary is the main range of the Hindu Kush, its eastern the Pakistani border, its southeastern the Konar (Kunar) Valley, and its western the mountain ranges above the Panjsher and Nejrab valleys. The region is mountainous, rainy, and forested.

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