Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

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  • Amir's Grandfather Dies

    After Amir returns to Kabul, he reflects upon the history of his ancestors and remembers his grandfather, stating "my great-grandfather had married his third wife a year before dying in the cholera epidemic that hit Kabul in 1915" (Hosseini 253).
  • Baba is Born

    A man named Zahir Shah began his forty-year ruling "in 1933, the year Baba was born" (Hosseini 26).
  • Baba is Born

    A man named Zahir Shah began his 40 year ruling of Afghanistan "in 1933, the year Baba was born'" (Hosseini 26).
  • Amir is Born

    Hassan was born in 1964, "just one year after my mother died giving birth to me" (Hosseini 6) says Amir. This means that Amir was born in 1963.
  • Hassan is Born

    Amir tells that Hassan and him are as close to brothers as can be. One big reason for this is that Hassan was "born in the winter of 1964, just one year after my mother died giving birth to me" (Hosseini 6)
  • Hassan's Mother Runs Away

    Although Amir feels sad his mother is dead, he feels sorry for Hassan because "one cold winter day in 1064...Sanaubar ran off with a clan of traveling singers and dancers" (Hosseini 6). Sanaubar is Hassan's mother.
  • Baba Builds an Orphanage

    When Amir was five or six years old "in the late 1960s...Baba decided to build an orphanage" (Hosseini 14).
  • Zahir Sha is Overthrown

    When Amir is in the U.S., he remembers the "night in 1973, the night Zahir Shah’s cousin overthrew him; I remembered gunfire and the sky lighting up silver" (Hosseini 385).
  • Hassan Repairs His Harelip

    As a gift from Baba "in 1974,... Hassan’s harelip" (Hosseini 231). was repaired through surgery.
  • Hassan Runs His Final Kite

    The last time Amir was at peace with his action was "in the winter of 1975, [he] saw Hassan run a kite for the last time" (Hosseini 59).
  • Communist Coup d`e`tat

    The end of the Afghan way of life would be in "April 1978 with the communist coup d`e`tat" (Hosseini 36).
  • Taliban Massacre Hazaras in Mazar-i-Sharif

    In 1978, two years after the Taliban had banned knife fighting, "they massacred the Hazaras in Mazar-i-Sharif" (Hosseini 225).
  • Russians in Afghanistan 1979

    The year after the communist coup d`e`tat "in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew and marketing the start of a still ongoing era of bloodletting.
  • Soviet Troops parachuted into Kabul

    Inorder to assist Babrak Karmal, the "first Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul on Dec. 27 1979"(New York Times).
  • Soviet Troops Left Afghanistan

    After many years fighting in the war and loosing 15,000 lives, "the last soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989"(New York Times).
  • Warlords and Induvidual Fiefdoms Gained Control

    After the last soviet troops left Afghanistan in 1989, "Afghanistan descended into vicious internecine strife; by the summer of 1994, power was anarchically divided amoung competing warlords and individual fiefdoms" (New York Times).
  • Mullah Omar's Men Given Military Suppies

    Because of the great success of Omar, "Pakistani intelligence officers began funneling arms, money and supplies to Mullah Omar's men, as well as military advisers to help guide themin battle"(New York TImes).
  • Mullah Omar had Gained 12000 followers

    After atacking warlords that raped a young girl, Omar had become very popular and "By the end of 1994 Mullah Omar had nearly 12,000 followers and was rolling up warlords to the north and east" (New York Times).
  • Shorawi are Defeated

    After the Shorawi were defeated in 1995, "Kabul belonged to Massoud, Rabbani, and the Mujahedin" (Hosseini 223).
  • Taliban Seize Control of Afghanistan

    The group that gave Al Qaeda a save have were "The Taliban, the extremist Islamic group that had seized control in 1996 after years of civil war"(New York Times).
  • bin Laden arrives At Jalalabad Airport

    After the Taliban became popular, they "provided a haven for Mr. bin Laden, who arrived by chartered jet at Jalalbad Airport in May 1996" (New York Times).
  • Amir and Sohrab Arive in San Francisco

    After the long trip Amir took to see Rahim Khan and find Sohrab, he and Sohrab finally "arrived home about seven months ago, on a warm day in August 2001" (Hosseini 376).
  • September 11 Al Qaeda Attacks

    The U.S. has been involved in Afghanistan ever since the "Sept. 11 attacks by Al Qaeda"(New York Times).
  • Hamid Karzai becomes President of Afghanistan

    Afer taaking a position as interim president in 2002, "Mr. Karzai was elected to a five-year term as president in 2004" (New York Times).
  • Obama Anounces 30,000 Troops Will Deploy

    After increasing threat from the Taliban, "Obama announced his plan to deploy 30,000 additinal troops" (New York Times).
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