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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Why is Afghanistan known as "the graveyard of empires"?


I really wish our troops well after they all get deployed there

Update 2:

I wonder how we will do there

14 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Because no occupying power has ever won Afghanistan. The British tried, the Russians tried.

    The greatest massacre of British soldiers in the history of the British empire happened in Afghanistan.

    "Slaughter in the Mountain Passes

    A magazine based in Boston, the North American Review, published a remarkably extensive and timely account titled “The English in Afghanistan” six months later, in July 1842. It contained this vivid description (some antiquated spellings have been left intact):

    On the 6th of January, 1842, the Caboul forces commenced their retreat through the dismal pass, destined to be their grave. On the third day they were attacked by the mountaineers from all points, and a fearful slaughter ensued…

    The troops kept on, and awful scenes ensued. Without food, mangled and cut to pieces, each one caring only for himself, all subordination had fled; and the soldiers of the forty-fourth English regiment are reported to have knocked down their officers with the butts of their muskets.

    On the 13th of January, just seven days after the retreat commenced, one man, bloody and torn, mounted on a miserable pony, and pursued by horsemen, was seen riding furiously across the plains to Jellalabad. That was Dr. Brydon, the sole person to tell the tale of the passage of Khourd Caboul.

    More than 16,000 people had set out on the retreat from Kabul, and in the end only one man, Dr. William Brydon, a British Army surgeon, had made it alive to Jalalabad. The garrison there lit signal fires and sounded bugles to guide other British survivors to safety, but after several days they realized that Brydon would be the only one. It was believed the Afghans let him live so he could tell the grisly story. "

    Obama's making a strategical mistake by sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

  • 5 years ago

    Graveyard Of Empires

  • 6 years ago

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  • 7 years ago

    Because no empire could conquer afghanistan yet, not even alexander the great who fight in afghanistan for 10 years and yet couldn't succeed.

    They even call afghanistan as "land of bones" again for the same reason that they killed and buried all the invaders who attack them.

    Read the book called" Into the land of bones" it could answer your question in detail.

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  • 7 years ago

    It is so because the Afghans are fearless..especially the Pukhtoon or Pathan tribes who are known as fierce warriors throughout the history...even Alexander the great confirmed that.

  • 1 decade ago

    Many great empires have fought for ,,and fought in Afghanistan. And they have all failed.

    Even the russians failed with their high heli's and weaps. leaving the afghan nation " graveyard of empires"

  • desele
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Afghanistan has a very rich history to it. So many people have invaded that country it's crazy. The graveyard of empires doesn't really stem from recent years as more so ancient, you had greek, arab, iranian and Buddhist influence in Afghanistan all of which failed. In the recent year the British and Russian tried emerge their influence on them, and it's not that they really failed at it or "lost the war" as someone put it, it's more so that they gave up on it and left the country in ruins. The U.S. is there now, but we are not trying to colonize it.

  • 7 years ago

    Hi Friends, Afghanistan has been a part Indian Empire, If u see the History of Afghanistan was part of Indian Empire during ancient period which is the oldest empire on this planet & after Indian Empire collapsed then after long long long years it was invaded by Genghis Khan the emperor of Mongol Empire & became a part of it. Russians had won Afghanistan but as we are aware that Soviet Russia was in problems due to which they withdrew. Now USA has won the war. Let us pray for peace.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Brits lost the war there, the Russians lost the war there, the Americans are still fighting there...

  • 1 decade ago

    So many empires have risen up only to fall. Its a cursed history if you will/

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