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Mazar-e Sharif, also known as Mazar-e-Sharif, Mazar-i Sharif and Mazar-i-Sharif, is a city in northern Afghanistan.


After the Taliban took control of much of Afghanistan, Mazar-e Sharif remained a stronghold of opposition groups for several years.

Between May and July 1997 the Taliban attempted to take control of the city, but failed.

They succeeded in capturing the city on August 8, 1998, reportedly leading to a killing frenzy·

On November 9, 2001 the city was recaptured by the Northern Alliance with help from the United States.

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