Whispers of War

Whispers of War
An Afghan Freedom Fighter’s Account of the Soviet Invasion

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Middle Eastern History

April 2017 | 300 pages | SAGE India

Whispers of War: An Afghan Freedom Fighter’s Account of the Soviet Invasion is the real-life tale of a young political leader, Masood Khalili. Son of Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, the great Afghan poet, he motivated his people and led them in their fight against the ‘Red Army’. Alongside his friend Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, Khalili traveled by foot, on horseback and on donkey, sharing the tales of pain, despair, and despondence of his countrymen and women. In letters to his beloved wife Sohaillah, he writes of his journey through the Himalayan range, accompanied by a team of foreign journalists.

The book is an account of the search for ever elusive peace in a country ravaged by war—a war that changed the landscape of the country and the fabric of its society.

Foreword by Gary C. Schroen
Note from the Translator
First Steps, Long Journey Ahead
No Journey Goes as Planned—On the Way at Last
Home Is Home—Nooristan Awaits
Eagles Soar Higher
Grandfather’s Castle—Kantiwa, Heart of Nooristan
King of the Passes—Kantiwa Pass
Goodbye Nooristan—Welcome Panjshir
A King’s Wrath, Tears in Herat, and a Royal Wedding
Crossing the Hindu Kush Range—Wheel of the Sky
Poor Jeep, Poor Donkey, Poor Surgery
Little Saleha: Onward to the Commander
Commander Massoud
Battle Preparations
Celebration before the Battle
Battle of the Garrison
Onward to Badakhshan, Cradle of Old Culture
Afghan Steel Factory
Back on Rocky Track—Village Justice
Exorcism, Sufis, and a Royal Hunt
Yellow Pass: A Lonely Climber
Back to Nooristan and Unacceptable Love
Back to Kantiwa
The Killer Kunar River

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Masood Khalili

The son of a renowned Afghan poet, Khalilullah Khalili, Masood Khalili is the current ambassador of Afghanistan to Spain and former ambassador to many other countries. He is respected both in his country and internationally as an honest, patriotic, and elder statesman, as well as a political leader. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386062772