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In Afghanistan's Panjsher Valley where life continues on amidst the upheavals of the recent elections and the endless war against the Taliban by the International Coalition. The scars of previous conflicts in the form of rusting , derelict Soviet tanks are a reminder that the local people do not give in easily. Posters of slain leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjsher, abound.  Massoud was the most moderate and popular of the anti-Soviet resistance leaders..Following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet-backed government there, Massoud became Defense Minister in 1992 under former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Following the collapse of Rabbani's government and the rise of the Taliban in 1996, Massoud returned to the role of an armed opposition leader, serving as the military commander of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan..On September 9, 2001, two days prior to the September 11 attacks in the United States, Massoud was assassinated in Takhar Province of Afghanistan by suspected al-Qaeda agents.Burqua clad women walk the dusty streets in Afghanistan's Panjsher Valley where life continues on amidst the upheavals of the recent elections and the endless war against the Taliban by the International Coalition. The scars of previous conflicts in the form of rusting , derelict Soviet tanks are a reminder that the local people do not give in easily. Posters of slain leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjsher, abound.  Massoud was the most moderate and popular of the anti-Soviet resistance leaders..Following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet-backed government there, Massoud became Defense Minister in 1992 under former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Following the collapse of Rabbani's government and the rise of the Taliban in 1996, Massoud returned to the role of an armed opposition leader, serving as the military comm
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