October 30, 1987 |
It was like the film "Top Gun," Jim Lindelof once told a reporter, "only we were the targets." He was talking about Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1985 and the daily bombing raids by MIG jets that rocked the village where he was working undercover as a medic tending to the sick, the wounded and the dying. He never forgot the sound, or the smell, or the simple fear that gripped his stomach during those three months.
October 27, 1987 |
Two Americans making a documentary in Afghanistan died and a guerrilla guide was wounded when government soldiers ambushed them west of Kabul, U.S. and guerrilla spokesmen said today. American diplomats in Pakistan identified the Americans as Lee Shapiro, a New York City man in his late 30s and director of New Jersey-based Shapiro Media Productions, and James Lindelof, a 27-year-old sound and camera man from California.
February 10, 1988 |
As talk of a potential settlement in the 8-year-old war in Afghanistan increases here, the loosely affiliated Afghan rebels, known collectively as the moujahedeen, or holy warriors, are engaged in a contest for postwar primacy that has foreign journalists and aid workers caught in the crossfire. In September, one of the largest rebel groups in Afghanistan hijacked a French medical relief mission headed for Badakhshan province.
January 13, 1988 |
The camera was focused on a convoy of Soviet tanks and trucks snaking through a rocky gorge along the Kabul River north of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. As the vehicles reached a point where the gorge narrowed, Afghan rebels opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades. Several vehicles were hit, sending spirals of black smoke into the air. The camera remained steady as the tanks returned the fire, peppering rebel positions on the rocky slopes.