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The dramatic fall of the Afghan king who came to Manchester with a dream of transforming his country

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Get the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox so you never miss a thing This week, families fleeing the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan began new lives in Manchester.

Their escape, and the fall of the country to the Islamist organisation, is seen by many as the end of a two decade effort to bring liberal democracy to the Central Asian country, following the invasion of Western forces in 2001, when the previous Taliban regime was toppled. Nearly a hundred years ago, an Afghan came to Manchester in very different circumstances.

Having wrested control from colonial powers, King Amanullah had set about reforming Afghanistan along Western lines, before coming to the city during a tour of Europe.

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