November 12, 2008

A Reunion with Commander Tahel Shirzad: After Twenty Years the Score is 2-2

I first met Mohammed Tahel Shirzad outside the walls of his compound one night in August in 1986. I had no idea who he was, because only one of the four men who had brought me to his house knew two words in English – “good boy”! These he uttered quite a few times as we fled from a Russian offensive, which had surprised us at dawn the previous day.

I first met Mohammed Tahel Shirzad outside the walls of his compound one night in August in 1986. I had no idea who he was, because only one of the four men who had brought me to his house knew two words in English – “good boy”! These he uttered quite a few times as we fled from a Russian offensive, which had surprised us at dawn the previous day.


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