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© Reza Deghati

The dreaded and fearsome Russian Army composed of 100,000 soldiers had invaded towns and the countryside, had cut off roads and rivers, and bombed any center of resistance. The entire country, burning and bleeding, seemed to remain prostrate, mourning its dead. Rising against the 100,000 Russian soldiers, a young Commander named Massoud had walked from village to village and gathered a hundred men who, according to him, would win over the invader. They were shadows, they were men, they were mountain warriors against an iron invader."