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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 48 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GIRISHK, a village and fort of Afghanistan. It stands on the right bank of the Helmund 78 1n. W. of Kandahar on the road to Herat; 3641 ft. above the sea. The fort, which is garrisoned from Kandahar and is the residence of the governor of the district (Pusht-i-Rud), has little military value. It commands the fords of the Helmund and the road to Seistan, from which it is about 190 M. distant; and it is the centre of a rich agricultural district. Girishk was occupied by the British during the first Afghan War; and a small garrison of sepoys, under a native officer, successfully withstood a siege of nine months by an overwhelming Afghan force. The Dasht-i-Bakwa stretches beyond Girishk towards Farah, a level plain of consider-able width, which tradition assigns as the field of the final contest for supremacy between Russia and England.
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GIRGENTI (anc. Agrigent'um, q.v.)

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