Kite Runner timeline
The Afghan Communist Party secretly forms.
Khan overthrows the last king, Mohammed Zahir Shah, in a military coup.
kite running festival
Khan proposes a new constitution works to modernize the largely communist state.
1975 - 1977
Khan is killed in a communist coup.
The United States cuts off assistance to Afghanistan
Afghan guerrillas gain control of rural areas Soviet troops hold urban areas.
Osama bin Laden makes his first documented trip to Afghanistan .