Ahmad Shah Massoud

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Ahmad Shah Massoud (c. September 2, 1953 – September 9, 2001) was a prominent political figure in Afghanistan's recent history and played a leading role in driving the Soviet army out of Afghanistan. In September 2001 he was assassinated by al-Qaeda agents. The following year he was named "National Hero" by the order of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.


  • We will not be a pawn in someone else's game.
  • I am ready to serve the people of Afghanistan, especially for [the cause of] peace. I am ready for any mission at the service of my people.
  • The future government should be formed through elections by the people. Men and women should take part. The only form of government, which can balance the different ethnicities, is democracy.
  • Our policy was always to have good and friendly relations with everyone. But we never have accepted being oppressed and we will never accept it.
  • We consider this as part of our duty to defend humanity against the scourge of intolerance, violence and fanaticism.
  • If the West does not help us eliminate al-Qaeda, if they do not help us rid our land of those terrorists who have invaded it, there will be a tragedy, a horror visited on you that is beyond comprehension or endurance. Help us, and in doing that, help yourselves.
  • The behavior of Taliban and their extremist conduct do not correspond in any manner to a tolerant Islam. We are and will always be opposed to the tendencies of [an] extremist [interpretation of] Islam. We have not ceased to insist that an Islam of tolerance is advantageous to all Muslims, for the Afghans and the whole world -- and we will always defend it.
  • It is our deep conviction and we have always insisted on the fact that democratic elections are the only solution for Afghanistan. Every individual must have a voice. On the day we are in Kabul, we will organize elections under the aegis of the international organizations.


  • If President Bush doesn't help us, these terrorists will damage the U.S. and Europe very soon.

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