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For Taliban, Taking Over Afghanistan Was the Easy Part

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
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A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el

A tired mule climbed up a narrow goat trail on an Afghan mountain. It was carrying two simple sacks on either side, from which antiaircraft missile heads protruded. His rider, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, carried an outdated walkie-talkie and waited for instructions.

Suddenly the man tensed up, pulled a missile out of one of the sacks, aimed and fired the missile at a Russian helicopter. The helicopter blew up in midair and the crew were all killed. The shooter mumbled something into his walkie-talkie and continued on his way.

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