506. 2/15/1992

” ‘We have a common task–Afghanistan, the U.S.A., and the civilized world–to launch a joint struggle against fundamentalism,’ [Afghan Soviet puppet President] Najibullah told reporters in his palace office as the mujahedin closed to within rocketing distance [shortly after the February 1992 alliance between the Tajik forces of Ahmed Shah Massoud and Uzbek militia leader Aburrashid Dostum]. ‘If fundamentalism comes to Afghanistan, war will continue for many years. Afghanistan will turn into a center of world smuggling for narcotic drugs. Afghanistan will be turned into a center for terrorism.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 235

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