Kite Runner & the History of Afghanistan

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    History of Afghanistan

  • The Soviet Invasion Began

    The Soviets made the first move as, "Soviet troops parachuted into Kabul on December 27, 1979, to assist Babrak Karmal, who had become president in a coup within the Afghan Communist leadership" (New York Times 2).
  • The Soviet Invasion Ended

    After ten years of strife, "the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan in February 1989" (New York Times 2).
  • Tailaban Gained Power

    The Tailaban gained control, "imposing strict enforcement of fundamentalist Islamic law" (New York Times 3).
  • Osama bin Laden Arrived in Afghanistan

    The Tailaban allied with Osama bin Laden, "who arrived by chartered jet at Jalalabad Airport in May 1996" (New York Times 3).
  • Al Queda Attacked The World Trade Centers

    America was left shocked, "After the attak on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001" (New York Times 3).
  • Hamid Karzai is Elected President

    Karzai provided some much needed support in Afghanistan as he, "was elected to a five-year term as president in 2004" (New York Times 3).
  • General Petraeus Controls United States Central Command

    General Petraeus is tasked with, "responsibilty for military operartions in Iraq" (New York Times 4).
  • Obama Announces To Deploy 30,000 more Troops in Afghanistan

    Obama announced his strategy, "to deploy 30,000 additional troops"(New York Times 4).
  • Obama Removes General McChrystal

    After disrepectful language, "In June 2010, President Obama removed Gen. McChrystal" (New York Times).
  • The US Troops Return From Afghanistan

    Obama pushes that troops will stay, "until at least the end of 2014" (New York Times 4).