The history of Afghanistan. 1700-Present
England wanted to install a previous ruler, Shah Shuja, so they invaded. In 1841 the Afghans rose up against English rule and by 1842 had driven them out.
Britain and Russia were playing a big "game" over territory. According to Britain, Afghanistan was an open lane to/from Russia and that if Afghanistan was under friendly rule then Britain would be free to rule. When the current leader, Sher Ali Khan, didn't react to British influence quick enough, Britain invaded.
After Emir Amanullah Khan's father was assassinated and he rose to power, he was a chance to take independence from Britain. So he organized a revolution, and took independence.
The USSR invades and institutes communism, then the Mujaheddin revolt against the Soviets and by 1988 the last Soviet Troops pull out.
After the Communist Government is overthrown, the Taliban start a civil war. They believe in hard-core, radical Islam. Most people of the day had a more relaxed view on Islamic law.
The Taliban take Kabul and introduce hard-line Islam.
After 9/11 NATO and the USA step in to crush the Taliban.
The Bonn Deal, an agreement on who will govern Afghanistan after the War was reached, providing a light at the end of the tunnel.
The first election since 1969 is held, democracy is finally taking shape. But warlords take office.
Opium production soars, bombings rise, Karzai warns that fighting may erupt.
Bush sends soldiers into Afghanistan, sparking the flames of war.
After years of fighting, the Taliban start taking steps toward peace.