Afghanistan: The ‘Graveyard of Rulers’, how the world’s strongest armies have been defeated over the last 180 years

  • Norberto Paredes
  • BBC News World

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Since the days of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, many foreign powers have tried to conquer the area now known as Afghanistan. Nothing worked. That is why this country came to be known as the “Graveyard of Empires”.

The United States and its allies are adding to the long list of failed world powers in Afghanistan, and will leave in full by the end of August.

The British Empire tried to subdue the country in the 19th century, when Great Britain was still the greatest power in the world, but in 1919 they had to leave Afghanistan and give the country independence.

It was the Soviet Union who then succeeded in occupying Afghanistan in 1979, with the aim of perpetuating the power of communism (which was obtained from the coup in 1978).

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