Great Blunders in Military History – III Retreat from Kabul (1842) 27 October, 2015

As the Afghani Emir, who besieged the British in the First Anglo-Afghan War aptly described his country being “the land of stones and men”, Afghanistan has been a cemetery of empires seeking to invade it throughout history. From Achaemenids to Alexander the Great, Sassanides to Chinese, Mongols to Qajars and from British to Americans, the country resisted against foreign occupation. The Taliban’s sudden offensive, which began on September 28 and ended up with the group’s seizing control of Kunduz, marks the first time the Taliban has been able to take control of a city of this size since the U.S. invaded the country to oust them from power in Kabul 14 years ago.

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