Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

Timeline created by 19platkina91
  • Baba is Born

    Baba, Amir's father, was born "[i]n 1933" (Hosseini 25). Baba was born in a time of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
  • Amir is Born

    The quote, "Hassan was born in the winter of 1964, just one year after my mother had died giving birth to me" (Hosseini 6) shows that Amor was born in 1963. While giving birth, Amirs mother. Sofia, died.
  • Hassan is Born

    A year younger than Amir, "Hassan was born in the winter of 1964" (Hosseini 6). Soon after giving birth to Hassan, Sanubar ran away and joined a group of traveling preformers.
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    Baba Begins to Build the Orphanage

    Despite many opposing Baba's idea to buil an orphanage, "Baba paid for the construction of the two-story orphanage, just off the main strip of Jadeh Maywand south of Kabul River, with his own money" (Hoseini 13). Even though many doubted Baba and his abilities to design and oversee the construction of an orphanage himself, he proved them wrong and succeeded.
  • Doud Khan Stages a Coup

    THe cousin of the king Zahir Shah, Daoud Khyan, "ended the king's forty-year reign with a bloodless coup" (Hosseini 36). Starting in the early 70's Afhanistan started to go through a series of major power struggles.
  • Amir wins the Kite Tournament

    Hassan yelled to Amir, "You won, Amir agha! You Won!" (Hosseini 66). After all of the times Amir has disappointed Baba, he has finally done something that will make Baba very proud.
  • Russia Invades Afghanistan

    In 1979, "Soviet Russia invaded" (New York Times 1) Afghsanistan.
  • Russia Leaves Afghanistan

    After almost a decade of war, "the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989" (New York Times, 2).
  • Taliban has Almost 12,000 Members

    In 1994 the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, "had nearly 12,000 followers" (New York Times 2).
  • Osama bin Laden Arrives in Afghanistan

    Osama bin Laden arrived at "Jalalabad Airport in May 1996" (New York Times 3).
  • Twin Towers Fall

    On September 11, 2001, there was an "attack on the World Trade Center in New York" (New York Times 3).
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    Taliban are Pushed out of all Major Afghan Cities

    By the end of 2001 the United States' armed forces in coalition with several rebel Afghan groups, "drove the Taliban out of the major Afghan cities (New York Times 3).
  • Hamid Karzai Becomes Afghan Leader

    In 2001, Hamid Karzai "was named chairman of an interim goverment that replaced the defeated Taliban" (New York Times 3).
  • Obama Announces Plan to Deploy Troops

    President Obama anounces that America will "deploy 30,000 aditional troops [to Afghanistan]" (New York Times 4).
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    Projected Goal for all Troops to be out of Afghanistan

    President Obama. "vowed to start bringing American forces from Afghanistan in the middle of 2011" (New York Times 4).
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    Revised Date to Pull out American Troops

    The Obama administration stated that the "United States will have forces in the country until at least the end of 2014" (New York Times 4)