Skip to comments.Pro-Government Afghan Commander Killed By His Own Son's Taliban Unit
Posted on 08/28/2019 1:26:08 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
An pro-government commander in Afghanistan has been killed in a battle against a group of Taliban fighters that included his own son.
The battle also involved two Afghan brothers who fought on opposite sides a pro-government militia fighter who was killed and his brother, a Taliban militant, who was wounded and escaped from the battlefield.
The overnight battle in Afghanistan's northern province of Jowzjan took place just hours after the slain commander, Baz Muhammad, spoke to RFE/RL about the need to end a war which pits "sons against fathers and brothers and against brothers."
Baz Muhammad's involvement in the war ended in a family tragedy that resembles the story of Rostam and Sohrab -- one of the most tragic episodes told in the 10th-century epic poem Shahnameh by the Persian poet Ferdowsi.
Shahnameh's mighty hero Rostam did not know that he had a son, Sohrab, who lived in another kingdom.
When the father and son faced each other in battle, it was only after fatally stabbing Sohrab that Rostam realized he had killed "the person who was dearer to him than all others."
Unlike Rostam and Sohrab, however, Baz Muhammad and his son knew that they were fighting on opposite sides in the Afghan war.
Baz Muhammad, who fought during the 1980s alongside Afghanistan's communist government forces against mujahedin guerilla fighters, said achieving peace in Afghanistan was difficult but not impossible.
In his last interview, he said he "couldn't wait" to lay down his weapons and take part in rebuilding Afghanistan.
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And echoed in the final sentence of the chapter, the last words before the New Testament, from Malachi 4:6
CIVIL WAR is never CIVIL.
I’m sure glad we democratized and civilized that place
....and with that I say, “Meh”.
Worked out great. And fast too.
We have no business being there.
Muslim/Islam battle lines : “just KILL in allah’s name! “
This would have made a good basis for a play by the Bard of Avon. It could have been set in Ireland in the 15th/16th centuries and just change the names and religion.
Looks like Ed Asner
Well I’m shocked!
Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world and all of us against the infidel. Leon Uris, The Haj
Oh, those religion of peace folks have such a great “civilization “.
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