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2.07 - "Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity." (Afghanistan pt.1)

Released Thursday, 30th September 2021
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This week on how did it come to this? From Emirates to Kingdoms, Republics both democratic and otherwise, to Islamic States and foreign invaders, the land of the Afghan has been fought over for centuries. A strategic stronghold bridging Asia and the Middle East, pawn in the great game of colonial powers, the battle for the heart of Asia has seen empires rise and fall. Where is Afghanistan? Why is it of such strategic value? How many wars can be fought by foreign powers over a sovereign nation? Can Afghanistan ever truly be free? Can Rambo come back and save the Afghani peoples? And ultimately, how did it come to this?