Afghans mark killing of northern rebel leader
By Amir Shah, APKABUL--Afghans on Monday honored a rebel leader who was slain two days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and whose fellow fighters helped the U.S. overthrow the Taliban government.
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The annual commemoration marks the anniversary of the death of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a legendary ethnic Tajik commander of the Northern Alliance. He remains widely admired in this country for his resistance to Soviet rule as well as to the Taliban, whose harsh interpretation of Islam made life unbearable for numerous Afghans in the late 1990s.
Massoud was killed on Sept. 9, 2001, by al-Qaida suicide bombers posing as journalists, an assassination suspected of being linked to the later attacks on the United States. His once beleaguered forces routed the Taliban with the support of U.S. air power in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks.
On Monday, Afghans held memorial events honoring Massoud and his picture was plastered on even more buildings than normal. Officials also placed wreaths at a monument in Kabul dedicated to him.