Have you heard of Khost?
Many things happen in this region, isolated in the far eastern region of Afghanistan. Khost is the name of a province, and one of the deadliest regions in the country.
Khost has a long and interesting history. At one time, it was the alleged hiding place of Osama Bin Laden. But before Bin Laden, Khost was home to the fierce warriors, the Mujahideen.
The Mujahideen were financed by the Americans, using this money to buy arms to fight the Soviets. This was America’s Vietnam, our proxy war against the Soviets.
The Mujahideen took this money and also built many complex cave systems. One is known as the Zhawar Kili Cave Complex. Thus hadmany tunnels, some reaching as far as 500 meters. Powered by a gasoline generator, the cave housed a mosque, an arms depot, a kitchen, a hospital, a radio room and much more.
This is not your average cave. And Khost is not a place to trifle with.
The Soviet War in Afghanistan was a war raged between the Soviet supported Afghan government and the guerilla warriors, the Mujahideen. The war lasted almost ten years.
The Muj were supported by many countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia. On March 21, 1983, Ronald Reagan had this to say about the Mujahideen:
“To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom.”