November 4, 2001 |
Abdul Haq, a leading Pushtun commander against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s, was executed last month by the Taliban. He would have figured prominently in any post-Taliban government in Kabul and was among the most interesting political-cultural figures to emerge in the greater Middle East in many years. He combined a deep religiosity with a rich tribal tradition, a startling analytical mind and an expert knowledge of the West.
February 23, 1992 |
JALUDEEN HAQQANI, THE CHIEF OF the Moujahedeen Command Council, sits barefoot on a small pillow at his palatial headquarters in the Pakistani border town of Miram Shah, one of the strategic strongholds of the Islamic forces waging holy war in Afghanistan.
October 1, 2001 |
Abdul Haq's medals are his many battle scars, but after he helped win the war to liberate Afghanistan from Soviet occupation, he suffered his worst pain in the struggle for a lasting peace. Two years ago, when the former guerrilla fighter was trying to persuade Afghans to end their relentless civil war, a pair of masked gunmen scaled the wall of his home in this city near the Afghan border and killed his wife and 11-year-old son and their bodyguard.
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October 29, 2001 |
About 150 Southern California Afghans gathered in Santa Ana on Sunday to pay tribute to an assassinated leader of the rebel Northern Alliance at a religious ceremony marking the 40th day after his burial. Many who attended the service for Ahmed Shah Masoud, who was one of the leaders in the military fight against the Taliban, said it will take more than his assassination and the execution of a second hero just three days ago, to defeat them.
October 27, 2001 |
As a soldier, Abdul Haq took risks that few others would and he came out alive each time. He understood war. It was the dirty work of peacemaking that appalled him, and it ultimately cost the war hero his life. Haq was a rare character in the cutthroat world of Afghan politics, a veteran of the moujahedeen uprising against Soviet occupation who refused to join the warlords in carving up the country after the Soviets pulled out in 1989.
March 15, 1989 |
A bomb went off today at the British Council Library, tearing a two-foot hole in the roof. A library official linked the blast to Muslim outrage over Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses." No one was injured. All 12 employees had left the building at the time of the explosion, which occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Abdul Haq, a library official, said the library had no warning of the attack. However, he noted that British establishments have been on alert because of threats against Rushdie.