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Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 2: Jihad

Season 05  Episode 2

In 1979, the Soviet army entered Afghanistan. Afghans called for Jihad against the godless invaders. Thus, the “Soviet Vietnam” began, turning the country into a Cold War battlefield and the epicenter of a struggle between Islam and Communism. The U.S. and the Arab world sent weapons and money to the Afghan resistance, and foreign fighters joined the Jihad - a young Osama Bin Laden was among them. After ten years of fighting, the Mujahideen pushed back the occupying troops, contributing to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

PART 2: JIHAD features Mujahideen commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar; Ruslan Aushev, a Soviet war hero; and former CIA chief of station in charge for Afghanistan, Milton Bearden.

Narrated by author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner).



A conversation about the generational effects of endless war on Afghan women. Directors of 'Afghanistan: The Wounded Land' Mayte Carrasco and Marcel Mettelsiefen are joined by Nasrin Nawa, former senior journalist for the BBC in Afghanistan, and Zohra Yusuf Daoud, a Kabul native, women’s rights activist and former media advisor to the First Lady of Afghanistan. Moderated by author, journalist and NBC Analyst Atia Abawi. Watch the recording!