The Conflict in Afghanistan
Left ravaged by centuries of invasion and infighting, Afghanistan showed signs of progress after the fall of the Taliban in 2002. However, the central Asian country has since lost traction as the government of Hamid Karzai struggles to retain any control outside of the capital city of Kabul, and Taliban forces show signs of resurgence.
Although the international spotlight has only turned to Afghanistan in the last few decades, the country has a long and often turbulent history of invasion and infighting, dating back to at least 550 B.C.
takes a broad look at the troubled past of Afghanistan in their report titled, “Afghanistan’s struggles have long history.” Over the years, the turbulent country has seen a number of invading forces, beginning as far back as Alexander the Great in 329 B.C. and later Genghis Khan in 1219.
BBC’s “Afghanistan’s turbulent history”
looks at the country’s more recent troubles, beginning with a 1973 military coup that brought 200 years of family rule to an end and started a power struggle that would eventually lead to the arrival of Soviet forces and a bloody, decade-long war with no clear winner.
The United States Library of Congress
provides a comprehensive overview of Afghanistan, covering virtually every historical and political event beginning with the pre-Islamic Achaemenid Empire that rose to power in 550 B.C. The report details the arrival of Islam to the region, and the myriad invading forces that have tried to seize control of the area now known as Afghanistan.
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