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The Swallows of Kabul

by Yasmina Khadra

The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
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    Feb 2004, 208 pages
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    Apr 2005, 208 pages

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Afghanistan's strategic position between Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent has made it an area of conflict for millenia. 

The Soviet Union intervened in 1979 to prop up a pro-communist regime, but after they withdraw many years later the civil war dragged on until the Taleban took control - initially bringing a measure of stability after 20 years of conflict.

The Taleban government fell in October 2001, after US initiated attacks (although power lingers in some areas).

In late 2001 Radio Afghanistan played music on air for the first time in 5 years, ...

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