John Zubrzycki, Special to The Christian
PANJSHIR VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN --
For nearly two decades, the strategic Panjshir Valley in eastern Afghanistan
has been the star in the crescent moon of the Afghan resistance to rulers
in Kabul, the capital.
Guarded by the soldiers of the charismatic
Mujahideen (resistance) commander, Ahmad Shah Masoud, and a rocky curtain
of snow-capped mountains, the Panjshir was never completely subdued by
either Soviet or Afghan government forces.
Today the valley, located just 60 miles