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

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History | Middle Eastern History

April 2017 | 300 pages | SAGE India

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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
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Epilogue
 
Index

“I think anyone with a soul or a heart will feel that this is a very special book…your diaries to your dear wife. We are fortunate that you and she have decided to share these with the world.”

Dominic Jermey,
current Ambassador of UK to Afghanistan

“Whispers of War has captured Afghanistan’s heart. Masood Khalili’s voice is at once soothing and disturbing as he tells of the tragedy that has befallen his nation. His words melt your heart, bring tears to your eyes and then inspire you with stories of courage, of resolve and of love for Afghanistan, and for its people, whose strength reminds us of what life has to give, especially when all seems lost.”

Kathy Gannon,
Head of Associated Press

“Masood Khalili’s voice is at once soothing and disturbing … melt(s) your heart, bring(s) tears to your eyes and … reminds us of what life has to give, especially when all seems lost.”

Kathy Gannon,
Head, Associated Press (attacked and wounded while reporting from Afghanistan)

“Masood Khalili is the wisest man I know. His blend of courage, conviction, morality, and humility has inspired all those who know him. With his essential humanity untouched, indeed strengthened, by the massive challenges thrown at him throughout a remarkable life, this book will ensure he captures the hearts and imaginations of thousands more who may never have the privilege of meeting him. A very rare man whose story I cannot recommend too highly.”

General Sir David Richards,
Former Head of NATO Forces in Afghanistan and Former Commander-in-chief of British Army (Land Forces)

The story of Afghanistan – of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since – is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them in their fight against the Red Army…the memoir is an account of the search for ever elusive peace in Afghanistan.

Millennium Post,
13 April 2017

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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