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Massoud: Destiny's Afghan
by Iqbal Malhotra
Saturday Mar 28th, 2009 10:45 AM
Born in 1953 in Panjshir, Ahmed Shah Massoud became one of Afghanistans’s most successful military leaders. A man of humble origins, Massoud became a secular leader for whom all Afghans were equal. As a military officer, he was a great strategist, both practical and pragmatic. After repelling the Soviet army’s troops in the early 1980s, Massoud was nicknamed the “Lion of Panjshir,” but his triumphs were not tainted by bloodlust or intoxication of power [video 52mins]
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Massoud: Destiny’s Afghan traces the leader’s rise through the military ranks, his encounters with the Soviets and his resistance to the Taliban. This film looks at Massoud's life through the eyes of his colleagues and friends and examines what made him the great leader that he was. The film also chronicles the events that led to Massoud’s death in September 2001, when he was assassinated two days before the attacks on America.

This film pays tribute to one of the most exceptional Afghans of the twentieth century. A devout Muslim, his personal insights on Islam, history, civilization, literature, politics and military science enabled Massoud to wage war without hatred, bitterness or revenge. Such moral integrity amidst barbaric warfare marks him as a rare leader who will be remembered as much for his compassion and humanity as for his fighting skills.

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