The Invictus games for disabled Veterans was started by Prince Harry after he was pulled from Afghanistan and they put him on a flight with four unconscious soldiers missing limbs and wrapped in plastic. One holding a piece of shrapnel that had been removed from his head. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Sarbi, a Special Forces dog from Australia, trained in explosives detection, was MIA for 14 months in Afghanistan after disappearing during an ambush in 2008. She was later rediscovered by an American soldier and flown back to her Australian handlers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
So many Purple Hearts were produced in anticipation of the allied invasion of Japan in WWII they have still not been used up, through Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and all other conflicts. (The Purple Heart is awarded for wounds sustained in combat with the enemy). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
The first successful penis transplant went to a soldier who suffered a devastating injury from an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan hopkinsmedicine.org/news/…
Today I learned about Jason Everman. A guitarist who after appearing on Nirvana’s album Bleach left the band to join Soundgarden. After touring with Soundgarden in 1990 he left the band and joined the US army becoming a Ranger and serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. special-ops.org/jason-eve…
The oldest known oil paintings were found inside caves in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Dating from the 6th century AD, the paintings show scenes of Buddhas in vermilion robes and mythical creatures. Oil wasn’t added to paint in Europe until the 13th century. reuters.com/article/us-af…
Today I learned about Nancy Dupree, an American-born woman who became known as the 'grandmother of Afghanistan.' Moving there in 1962 as a diplomat's wife, she spent the rest of her life in and around the country, collecting and saving documents and eventually founding a new library of Afghan history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
The last two Jews in Afghanistan hated each other so much the Taliban had to step in and mediate, imprisoning both, but then releasing both after their "constant bickering became too annoying" jta.org/2019/10/31/global…
An Ancient Greek city in northern Afghanistan was rediscovered in the 1960s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai-…
Buzkashi, a central Asian no holds bar game and national sport of Afghanistan, is played on horseback and the object of the game is to get a headless legless goat carcass, that can weight up to 90 pounds, into a goal hole. youtu.be/7vGmion3fWM
US Marine SSgt Jonathan Turner’s remains were to be boxed up and mailed from CA to GA, but hundreds from motorcycle group "The Patriot Guard Riders" stepped up to create a dignified caravan to bring his remains home. Turner served 7 tours in Iraq & Afghanistan and died of combat wounds in CA. tribunist.com/news/bikers…
Today I learned about a British heavy lift helicopter, code named Bravo November, which was the only of its squadron that survived an attack by the Argentinian air force during the Falklands war and is still currently in service having also flown in Iraq and Afghanistan. gov.uk/government/news/ra…
Afghanistan's second largest city, Kandahar, was founded by Alexander the Great en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan. Horse-mounted players attempt to throw a goat or calf carcass in a goal. youtu.be/1JUn8MsEyPs
Kabul City Center, a shopping mall, is the only building in Afghanistan with working escalators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kab…
Alexander the Great's invasion led to Greek-speaking Buddhist kingdoms in present-day Afghanistan. This led to Greek influences on Buddhist art, for example the Buddha being depicted in a flowing robe (from the Greek himation [similar to a toga])β€”before this he was shown wearing a loincloth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about Skateistan, an organization in Afghanistan dedicated to young people's education and skating. 50 percent of the children skating are girls because Afghanistan culture views it as a toy rather than a sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ska…
One of the qualifications required to be elected President of Afghanistan is to not have been convicted of crimes against humanity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Marjan the lion, a beloved member of the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan; he witnessed the country under both Soviet and Taliban occupation and survived multiple artillery strikes on the zoo during the Afghan Civil War as well as being blinded by a grenade. In 2002, he died of old age at 23 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
During a 2006-2007 tour of Afghanistan one Royal Marine sniper managed to kill over 90 Taliban fighters in just one day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
From 986 CE, Muslim Turks started raiding northwest India from Afghanistan, plundering western India. Forced conversions to Islam were made, and Buddhist images were smashed due to the Islamic dislike of idolatry. Hence, the Islamic term for an 'idol' became 'budd'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
The US lead a 65 nation protest of the 1980 summer Olympic Games in Moscow because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/…
Today I learned about Andy Grant, a Royal Marine and Liverpool FC fan, whose "You'll never walk alone" tattoo read "You'll never walk" after an amputation from standing on a mine while serving in Afghanistan. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
The current Afghanistan head of state Ashraf Ghani is the first peaceful transfer of power since the Afghan state was founded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In Afghanistan they make beautiful carpets that depict the decades of wars and violence the country has gone through. Instead of traditional motives, these rugs show drones, tanks and guns and began after the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, continuing after the NATO-invasion in the 2000s. conflictfood.com/en/war-r…
Today I learned of Setara Hussainzada, the first woman to ever sing in a TV program in Afghanistan. She received numerous death threads and has been force to live in exile. youtu.be/QJ5enk8eS_Y
The 12-year-old girl in the photo that appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic is Sharbat Gula during Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. She is now widowed and provided financial support by the Afghan government. Her photo has been called "the First World's Third World Mona Lisa". wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan…
Today I learned about Queen Soraya of Afghanistan who fought hard to improve the rights of women in the 1920's. She was also the minister of education for Afghanistan and the first Muslim consort to appear in public with her husband. In 1929 her husband was deposed and all their reforms were undone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Today I learned about a British man who bought a ceramic pot at a junk sale for less than Β£4 and used it as a toothbrush holder until learning it was actually made in the Indus Valley of present-day Afghanistan about 4,000 years ago. It's thought the pot was originally brought to the UK by British tourists. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There are only seven countries where alcohol is illegal: Afghanistan, Maldives, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen smartadvocate.com/News/Bl…
Afghanistan had no national anthem under Taliban's rule because music was outlawed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Today I learned of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepalese soldier during the War of Afghanistan who was attacked by 30 insurgents. Believing he was about to die, he expended all 400 rounds of his ammunition, launched 17 grenades, detonated a Claymore mine, and killed an attacker with his tripod, causing them to retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
The last successful bayonet charge was in 2011 by the British Army against the Taliban in Afghanistan. militaryhistorynow.com/20…
The city of Kandahar, Afghanistan was founded by Alexander the Great en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Army Sgt. Dan Rose, who was paralyzed from the chest down in Afghanistan was able to walk again thanks to a donated bionic exoskeleton by Ekso Bionics. He walked with the aid of his exoskeleton on WWE Smackdown in 2014. medcitynews.com/2014/11/p…
In 2013 the Taliban denounced The Daily Beast for false reporting and violation of the basic rules of journalism because of an article that said they were seeking peace in Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Food aid dropped into Afghanistan was the same color as the cluster bombs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
In 2009, British PM Gordon Brown hand-wrote a letter of condolence to a mother whose son had died in Afghanistan, in which he misspelled the son's surname. The Sun (a tabloid) wrote a scathing article criticizing his mistake. In this article, the paper misspelled the same name. theguardian.com/media/200…
March 21 was made Afghanistan Day "To the Afghan people, I say on behalf of all Americans that we admire your heroism, your devotion to freedom, and your relentless struggle against your oppressors" presidency.ucsb.edu/docum…
Today I learned about bacha posh, a cultural practice in Afghanistan where some girls are raised as boys until puberty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
A 9-year-old boy decided he wanted to help the families of fallen US soldiers. He started a Facebook page and eventually traded up to $900 worth of Disney gift certificates, airfare and hotel credits. He then gave the trip to a 2-year-old girl who had lost her father in Afghanistan. businessinsider.com/brend…
An American man was arrested near the border of Afghanistan while hunting down Osama bin Laden with a sword. theguardian.com/world/201…
Ahmad Shah Massoud led a resistance to the Taliban that protected 30% of Afghanistan's population. He promoted gender equality, had no reports of human rights abuses under his leadership, and warned about 9/11 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
The US manufactured enough Purple Heart medals in preparation for a possible invasion of Japan in 1945, that they still awarded ones manufactured back then during the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Cricket was the only sport approved by Taliban during their rule of Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afg…
The first recorded mention of altitude sickness was in 37 BCE, when a Chinese official noted that a trade route to Afghanistan passed a mountain that caused sickness as travelers ascended it - in the report, this place was named β€œBig Headache Mountain”. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
The only Jew in Afghanistan, Zablon Simintov, also manages the only Synagogue in Afghanistan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zab…
After a decade long effort, Herat, Afghanistan’s deadliest province for landmines, was declared free of explosive devices. Nearly 80% of the country is now mine free. reuters.com/article/us-af…

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