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Whispers of War: An Afghan Freedom Fighter's Account of the Soviet Invasion is the real-life tale of a young political leader, Masood Khalili. Son of Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, the great Afghan poet, he motivated his people and led them in their fight against the `Red Army'. Alongside his friend Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, Khalili traveled by foot, on horseback and on donkey, sharing the tales of pain, despair, and despondence of his countrymen and women. In letters to his beloved wife Sohaillah, he writes of his journey through the Himalayan range, accompanied by a team of foreign journalists.
The book is an account of the search for ever elusive peace in a country ravaged by war - a war that changed the landscape of the country and the fabric of its society.
The son of a renowned Afghan poet, Khalilullah Khalili, Masood Khalili is the current ambassador of Afghanistan to Spain and former ambassador to many other countries. He is respected both in his country and internationally as an honest, patriotic, and elder statesman, as well as a political leader.
Foreword by Gary C. Schroen Note from the Translator Introduction First Steps, Long Journey Ahead No Journey Goes as Planned-On the Way at Last Home Is Home-Nooristan Awaits Eagles Soar Higher Grandfather's Castle-Kantiwa, Heart of Nooristan King of the Passes-Kantiwa Pass Goodbye Nooristan-Welcome Panjshir A King's Wrath, Tears in Herat, and a Royal Wedding Crossing the Hindu Kush Range-Wheel of the Sky Poor Jeep, Poor Donkey, Poor Surgery Little Saleha: Onward to the Commander Commander Massoud Battle Preparations Celebration before the Battle Battle of the Garrison Onward to Badakhshan, Cradle of Old Culture Afghan Steel Factory Back on Rocky Track-Village Justice Exorcism, Sufis, and a Royal Hunt Yellow Pass: A Lonely Climber Back to Nooristan and Unacceptable Love Back to Kantiwa The Killer Kunar River Epilogue Index