What is Afghan Independence Day?

Introduction Afghan Independence Day is celebrated as a national holiday in Afghanistan on 19 August to commemorate the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 and relinquishment from protected state status. The treaty granted a complete neutral relation between Afghanistan and Britain. Afghanistan had become a British protectorate after the Treaty of Gandamak was signed (1879) in the… Read More

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What is Liberation Day (Afghanistan)?

Introduction Afghan Liberation Day is celebrated each year on February 15 in Afghanistan. Refer to Afghan Independence Day and Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989). Background It marks the country’s liberation from the Soviet Union with the final departure on 15 February 1989 of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. The Soviet Army had been present in Afghanistan since the… Read More