Lifting the veil on conflict, culture and politics
A new museum has opened in the western Afghan city of Herat honouring the exploits of the mujahideen who pushed back the mighty Soviet army following the invasion in 1979. Many consider it to be Afghanistan’s finest hour when a coalition of guerrillas variously commanded by regional warlords and, of course, heavily subsidised by the United States, fought the Soviet and Afghan government forces.
Reuters correspondent Golnar Motevalli takes a walk through the museum showing gory scenes of the corpses of Red Army soldiers slumped over tanks or burqa-clad women cheering the downing of a helicopter from the famously deadly Stinger missiles shoulder-fired by the mujahideen.
It’s a stomach-churning reminder that Afghanistan continues to bleed and is still hosting tens of thousands of foreign troops.
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