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Ahmed Shah Massoud

To Die for No Cause in The Hindu Kush Mountain

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

I was on a small island in the middle of the Panjshir River, to which I'd been taken by the legendary leader of the Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Massoud, talking to young Arab prisoners of war who had been captured while fighting for the Taliban.

'Dont Leave Me': The Arab Children Of The Afghan War

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

I couldn't work out what this unexpected trip to an island could possibly have to do with our conversation the night before. But when we reached it, I froze. There were young men scattered all over. Some sat in groups; others on their own.

Killing the Cranes

Nick Mills | Posted 02.25.2012 | Books
Nick Mills

In Edward Girardet's fine new book, Killing the Cranes, there is this damning sentence: "Simply put, it was the U.S. backing for the Islamic extremists in the 1980s that helped produce the current military quagmire in Afghanistan."

Another Old Friend and a Great Afghan Murdered

Eric Margolis | Posted 11.27.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

A suicide bomber killed my old friend, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, former president of Afghanistan, last week in Kabul, shaking his war-scarred nation to its core.