Sep 26, 2021 • 1HR 23M

Panjshir, Afghanistan: Resistance then and now

Comparing the anti-Taliban resistance led by Ahmad Massoud & Amrullah Saleh in the Panjshir valley today to Ahmad Shah Massoud's resistance against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

 
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