An Indian General Remembers Ahmed Shah Massoud

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“To win the war and succeed, we need men who make the news, not follow the news,” legendary Afghan leader Ahmad Shah Massoud told his troops fighting a Taliban-Al Qaeda offensive north of Kabul in 1999—according to one of his closest lieutenants Amrullah Saleh who later went on to become Afghan spy chief.

Massoud constantly made news in his lifetime and continues to do so every September 9. 17 years ago, Osama bin Laden sent two Arab Al Qaeda members, posing as journalists to assassinate him. Two days later, Al Qaeda attacked the U.S. on 9/11 and changed the world.