Afghan Independence Day

Afghan Independence Day

Afghan Independence Day is celebrated in Afghanistan on 19 August to commemorate the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919. The treaty granted independence from Britain.

The day was celebrated until 1992, when mujahideen backed by the United States overthrew the former communist regime backed by the Soviet Union. Civil wars and unrest prevented the celebrations. The Taliban, who captured Kabul in 1996, reinstated the holiday.

References and links

* [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2109.html CIA Fact Book]
* [http://www.seacoastonline.com/2000news/8_18_w2.htm 2000 Newspaper article]


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