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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).