The War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
“The Graveyard of Empires”?

Afghanistan has been a strategically important location throughout history. It was part of the ancient Silk Road, which carried trade from the Mediterranean to China, and its position on numerous historic commerce and migration routes led to it becoming a major junction for travellers from the Middle East, India,
the Far East the adjacent Eurasian Steppes.

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The Big Picture is a static feature located within Hartlepool College of Further Education in one of its public areas. It is closely tied to the College’s RESPECT campaign, which promotes equality, fairness and understanding for all individuals across a range of social, moral and historic topics. RESPECT is a valuable resource that links to a range of teaching, learning and tutorial activities and involves and applies to everyone who works or studies in the College.