Posted by: Christian | July 2, 2007

Massoud, Khalili, and Massoud Khalili: Three Different Guys

July 2, 2007.

Let’s just say that in 2001 my knowledge of the chicanery occuring inside Afghanistan was rather rudimentary. When the Arab suicide bombers blew themselves up in Massoud’s compound on September 9th, I knew exactly who Ahmed Shah Massoud was. However, I read that Massoud Khalili was injured very badly in the blast. That confused me a little. I wondered why the Hazara leader was hanging out with Massoud in the Panjshir Valley. Obviously, I had mistaken Ahmed Shah Massoud’s friend and adviser Massoud Khalili for the Hazara leader Karim Khalili. Whoops. I figured it out when his men captured Bamiyan in November 2001.

So let’s get this squared away:

                        This is Ahmed Shah Massoud.

                   masud

                              This is Massoud Khalili.

        Massoud Khalili

                               This is Karim Khalili.

        Karim Khalili

Boy, was I ever embarrassed. But at least I didn’t think that there was some guy in Afghanistan named Ahmed Shah Massoud Karim Khalili.


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