Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

  • The first Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul

    On this date, the Soviet troops came in to help Babrak Karmal, "who had become the president president in a coup within the Afghan Communist leadership"(p.2)
  • Period: to

    TImespan details

  • Last Soviet troops left Afghanistan

    The Soviet troops started to leave after peace talks moderated by the US and "they left behind a country that was not only devastated by the war but but had become a beacon to Islamic extremists from across the globe"(p.2).
  • Mullah Omar had nearly 12,000 followers

    Mullah Omar made a promise to restore the centrality of Islam to daily life, so, "he created a genuinely popular movement in a country weary of corruption and brutality"(p.2).
  • Taliban takes control

    The Taliban take control of Afghanistan and imposed, "strict enforcement of fundamentalist Islamic law"(p.3)
  • Hamid Karzai, takes office as interim president

    Hamid Karzai, who hoped to secure peace for Afghanistan, "replaced the defeated Taliban, making him the leader of the country"(p.3).