Jeffrey Stern

Afghanistan’s Growing Identity (Card) Crisis

21 January 2014 | The South Asia Channel/Foreign Policy Magazine

Afghanistan’s Growing Identity (Card) Crisis

When Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in the late 1980s, then-president Mohammad Najibullah Ahmadzai managed to hold on for three more years, until the Russians ended their aid and he was forced to take refuge in a U.N. compound. In 1996, when the Afghan Taliban took Kabul, he was assassinated, mutilated, and hung from a traffic light.

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