Tolo News: One of the five minarets, each 55 meters tall, in downtown Herat city, is on the verge of destruction while others have a ruined image due to “inattention” by relevant departments, local officials said. The minaret is protected by steel cables for the past two decades but the cables have lost their strength
Tolo News: Afghan politicians and hundreds of their supporters at a gathering in the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul marked the fifth anniversary of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who was a prominent Jihadi leader and served as vice president during former President Hamid Karzai’s government. Five years ago, Marshal Fahim died on this day, 09th March
Tolo News: Hundreds of Afghans, who said they are families of war victims, gathered at the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of Soviet troops withdrawal from Afghanistan. The war lasted nine years and, in that time, an estimated one million civilians, including children, were killed, along with 90,000 Mujahideen
By Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 14, 2019 n February 14, 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped at gunpoint, held hostage in a Kabul hotel, and killed in a botched rescue attempt. Forty years on, the precise circumstances surrounding the death of the 58-year-old diplomat remain shrouded in mystery.
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan February 13, 2019 Afghanistan is mourning Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, the country’s first president after Soviet forces withdrew 30 years ago following a war of occupation. Mojaddedi, a mujahedin commander who fought against the Soviet Army in the 1980s, died late on February 11 in a Kabul hospital. He was 93. A mourning
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 12, 2019 A commander of the so-called Muslim Battalion of Soviet troops in Afghanistan, retired Colonel Boris Kerimbaev, has died at the age of 71 in Kazakhstan. Kerimbaev died in Almaty on February 12. He gained prominence in 1981-83 when he commanded the Soviet Army’s 177th special battalion, which was
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan February 12, 2019 KABUL — Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, an Afghan mujahedin commander who fought against Soviet forces and rose to become the country’s first president after the Soviet Army’s withdrawal, has died. Mojaddedi died late on February 11 in a Kabul hospital, his family said. He was 93. Mojaddedi “has played
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: A set of color photos show Afghanistan in a very different light. Click here to view more (external link).
The New York Times: Mr. [Archer] Blood’s newly published cable sheds light on what really drove the Soviet Union to invade Afghanistan only two months after his meeting with Mr. [Hafizullah] Amin. Spoiler alert: It was not because of terrorism, as claimed this month by President Trump, who said the Soviets were right to invade. Among
Rare color photos from the 1980s bring the the U.S.S.R.’s “hidden war” to light. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 28, 2019 Click here to view more (external link). Copyright (c) 2019. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.