By: April Pardino

The Taliban

The Taliban are a group of fundamentalist Sunni Muslim militants. The word Taliban means "students." The ideological aim of the Taliban is to reestablish an puritanical Islamic state in Afghanistan. They are strongly against toward American and NATO forces in Afghanistan as well as the new government led by a new president.

The Kite Runner history of Afghanistan during the time of the kite runner

Deals with the country of Afghanistan from the 1970s to the year 2002. The country's capital is Kabul. Afghanistan means "Land of Afghan," Afghan being a name the Pashtun majority used to describe themselves starting before the year 1000. From 1933-1973, Afghanistan was a monarchy ruled by King Zahir Shah. On July 17, 1973, when the king was on vacation, Mohammad Daoud Khan seized power. For six years, Mohammad Daoud Khan was President and Prime Mister of Afghanistan. Then, on April 27, 1978, he violently overthrown by the PDPA, People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. Afghanistan had long insisted on maintaining its independence from Russia, the PDPA was a Communist party and therefore held close ties to the Soviet Union. The historical point in The Kite Runner when Baba and Amir leave Afghanistan. Throughout the ten yeats of Soviet occupation, internal Musli forces put up a resistance.
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