Afghan Napoleon: The Life of Ahmad Shah Massoud

The veteran journalist Sandy Gall reported from Afghanistan at length through the 1980s and ’90s, spending months with Massoud and his forces.
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Availability: In stock
ISBN: 9789354474026
GTIN: 9789354474026
AuthorGall, Sandy
Pub Date01/01/2022
Country of OriginIndia
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The continuing turmoil in Afghanistan—and its repercussions in India, Pakistan and beyond—has its roots in the Cold War and the Soviet invasion of the country. One man who played a decisive role during that period was Ahmad Shah Massoud, ‘the Lion of Panjshir’. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the poorly equipped and organized resistance groups were no competition for the superpower—except Massoud. This now-legendary military strategist and leader unified the mujahideen forces in north-eastern Afghanistan and led a series of dramatic victories against the Russian army. He also kept the Taliban in check, until his assassination—and twenty years later, in 2021, the National Resistance Front led by his son provided the last, fierce resistance to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US forces.