Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) members of the Norwegian Army on a patrol in Faryab Province (December 2009)
Map of Afghanistan with Faryab highlighted
|Coordinates (Capital): Coordinates:|
|• Governor||Abdul Haq Shafaq|
|• Total||20,797.6 km2 (8,030.0 sq mi)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||AF-FYB|
Faryab (Persian: فاریاب) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, which is located in the north of the country bordering neighboring Turkmenistan. It has a population of about 948,000, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a tribal society. The province encompasses 15 districts and over 1,000 villages. The capital of Faryab province is Maymana.
Faryab is a Persian word meaning "irrigated land". The modern province is named after a town that was founded by the Sassanids and later destroyed by the invading Mongols in 1220. It is the home town to the famed Islamic philosopher, al-Farabi, per the biographer Ibn al-Nadim.
Between the early 16th century and mid-18th century, the area was ruled by the Khanate of Bukhara. It was conquered by Ahmad Shah Durrani in or about 1747 and became part of the Durrani Empire, which formed to the modern state of Afghanistan. The area was untouched by the British during the three Anglo-Afghan wars that were fought in the 19th and 20th centuries.
During the 1990s Afghan Civil War (early 90s and late 90s, the front line between Taliban and opposition forces often fell between Badghis and Faryab provinces in the mid-1990s. Former Tajik warlord Ismail Khan also fled to Faryab to reconstitute his forces following the Taliban takeover of Herat Province, but was betrayed by Uzbek warlord Abdul Malik Pahlawan.
In May 1997, Abdul Malik Pahlawan raised the Taliban flag over the capital of Maimana, switching sides and initiating a renewed Taliban offensive from the west. Following a series of changing allegiances and falling out with Malik, the Taliban withdrew from the area, but in 1998 a contingent of 8,000 Taliban troops pressed through Faryab, seizing Abdul Rashid Dostum's headquarters in Sheberghan, in neighboring Jowzjan province.
Faryab province has been one of the more peaceful areas in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government in late 2001. Recent development projects in the province have focused on expanding the agricultural potential of the province, in particular the re-forestation of areas of the province that were denuded in the recent past.
It was reported in 2006 that Abdul Malik Pahlawan's Freedom Party of Afghanistan still maintained an armed militant wing, which was contributing to instability in province. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANFS) began expanding and slowly took over control. The Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border is maintained by the Afghan Border Police (ABP) while law and order for the rest of the province is provided by the NATO-trained Afghan National Police (ANP).
At the province is a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), which is led by Norway. The Norwegian PRT has its base at Maymana and has also been given the responsibility for the Ghormach District which used to be in neighboring Badghis but is now, as of December 2008, part of Faryab Province.
Afghanistan signed a deal with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for the development of oil blocks in the Amu Darya basin, a project expected to earn billions of dollars over two decades; the deal covers drilling and a refinery in the northern provinces of Sar-e Pol and Faryab, and is the first international oil production agreement entered into by the Afghan government for several decades. CNPC began Afghan oil production in October 2012, and in the same month a huge gas reserves were discovered in the Andkhoy District of Faryab province.
Politics and governance
The town of Maymana is the capital of Faryab province. All law enforcement activities throughout the province are controlled by the Afghan National Police (ANP). The police chief represents the Ministry of the Interior in Kabul. The ANP is backed by other Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), including the NATO-led forces.
The population of Faryab province is about 948,000, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a tribal society. The main ethnic groups living in Faryab Province are Uzbek and Pashtun, followed by Tajik, Turkmen, and Hazara. Occasional ethnic clashes are reported between Uzbeks and Pashtuns.
Dari (Afghan Persian), Uzbeki and Pashto are the main languages spoken in and around the province. All the inhabitants follow Islam, with Sunnis making up the majority while Shiites (Shias) make up the minority. The Shias are mainly the ethnic Hazaras.
|District||Capital||Population||Area||Number of villages and ethnic groups|
|Almar||120,000||1,525 km2||86 villages. 65% Uzbek and 35% Turkmen.|
|Andkhoy||41,656||381 km2||81 villages. Pashtun, Tajik, and Uzbek.|
|Bilchiragh||41,706||1,189 km2||44 villages. Pashtun, Tajik, and Uzbek.|
|Dawlat Abad||57,876||2,598 km2||56 villages. Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek.|
|Gorzaiwan||72,497||1,875 km2||54 villages. Pashtun, Tajik, and Uzbek.|
|Khan Charbagh||70,000||1,056 km2||16 villages. 65% Uzbek and 35% Turkmen.|
|Khaja Sahib Posh||55,000||800 km2||85 villages. 80% Uzbek, 10% Pashtun and 10% Tajik.|
|Kohistan||53,616||2,254 km2||133 villages.|
|Maymana||75,900||Uzbek, Tajik, Pashtun.|
|Pashtun Kot||300,000||4,000 km2||331 villages. 60% Uzbek, 20% Pashtun, 10% Turkmen, and 10% Tajik
|Qaramqol||98,229||2,192 km2||19 villages / 73 Semi-villages. 70% Turkmen and 30% Uzbek.|
|Qaysar||237000||2,502 km2||190 villages.|
|Qurghan||27,116||797 km2||13 villages.|
|Shirin Tagab||141,642||3,500 km2||116 villages. Uzbek, Tajik and Arab.|
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- Faryab provincial profile
- Afghanistan Geographic & Thematic Layers
- Almar District (Re-elected)
- Ankhoy District
- Balcheragh District
- Dawlat Abad District (Re-elected)
- Gorzaiwan District
- Khan Charbagh District (Re-elected)
- Khaja Sahib Posh District (Re-elected)
- Kohistan District
- Pashton Kot Sahib Posh District (Re-elected)
- Quramqul District (Re-elected)
- Qaisar District (Re-elected)
- Qurghan District(Re-elected)
- Dawlat Abad District (Re-elected)
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