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Ancient aerial warfare: The tradition of kite fighting

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In Khaled Hosseini’s famous novel, “The Kite Runner,” a boy named Amir growing up in Afghanistan is obsessed with the Asian sport of kite fighting — flying a kite with a string coated with glue and crushed glass to cut the string of his opponent’s kite. Once he wins a battle, his friend and servant Hassan, an accomplished kite runner, chases the kite to the ground and claims it for Amir as a prize. Eventually Amir’s family flees Afghanistan after…

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