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Afghan Media Resource Center

The Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC) was founded in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1987, by a team of media trainers working under contract to Boston University. The goal of the project was to assist Afghans to produce and distribute accurate and reliable accounts of the Afghan war to news agencies and television networks throughout the world.   Beginning in the early 1980’s amidst a news blackout imposed by the Soviet backed Kabul government, foreign journalists had become targets to be captured or killed. The AMRC was an effort to overcome the substantial obstacles encountered by media representatives in bringing events surrounding the Afghan-Soviet war to world attention.

Beginning in 1987, a series of six week training sessions were conducted at the AMRC original home in University Town, Peshawar, Pakistan. . Qualified Afghans were recruited from all major political parties, all major ethnic groups and all regions of Afghanistan, to receive professional training in print journalism, photo journalism and video news production    Haji Sayed Daud, a former television producer and journalist at Kabul TV before the Soviet invasion, was named AMRC Director.

After the completion of their training,  3-person teams were dispatched on specific stories throughout Afghanistan’s 27  provinces, with 35mm cameras, video cameras, notebooks, and audio tape recorders. Photo materials were distributed internationally through SYGMA and Agence France Press (AFP), Video material was syndicated and broadcast by VisNews (now Reuters), with 150 broadcasters in 87 countries Euronews and London-based WTN (now Associated Press),Thames Television, ITN, Swedish, French, Pakistani and other regional networks. 

In 2000 AMRC began publishing a popular and influential newspaper in Kabul; ERADA (Intention). With one interruption, ERADA publication continued until 2012.

The AMRC collection spans a critical period in Afghanistan's history – (1987 – 1994)  including 76,000 photographs, 1,175 hours of video material, 356 hours of audio material, and many stories from print media.

In 2012 AMRC received a grant to digitize the entire AMRC archive, to preserve the collection at the U.S. Library of Congress. AMRC senior media advisors Stephen Olsson and Nick Mills were trained in the digitization processes by the Library of Congress, then spent two weeks in Kabul training the AMRC staff. The digitization and metadata sheets (in English, Dari and Pashto) were completed in 2016, and were welcomed into the Library of Congress with a formal ceremony.  We are now making the entire AMRC collection available through our on-line partner, The Internet Archive.

Now the entire collection is readily available to scholars, researchers and publishers.  All royalties for commercial use of the photo images and video material will continue to support the non-profit work of the AMRC.

Beyond the AMRC archive, the AMRC conducted dozens of training programs and workshops for writers and radio journalists, including training programs for Refugee Women in Development (REFWID) The AMRC also established radio and TV studios in the provincial capitaol, Jalalabad, and produced radio and TV programs, including educational radio dramas, for a variety of international organizations. AMRC also conducted public opinion polls in Afghanistan, including an extensive Media Use Survey in Afghanistan, financed by InterMedia, a Washington, D.C. group.

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Commander Hussain Anwari with Muj around the Dead bodies of martyred Muj in Sanglakh District of Maidan Wardak Province.
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Commander Hussain Anwari with Muj around the Dead bodies of martyred Muj in Sanglakh District of Maidan Wardak Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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A Muj aiming a Stinger Missile, Muj helping a wounded Muj, a Muj teaching his group how to use the heavy weapons, armed Muj posing for camera & a Muj sitting on a motorbike in Kandahar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
by Muhammad Muqim
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The living condition of Afghan refugees and narcotics usage by addicted people in Peshawar city.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud & Arab Muj Abdullah Izam participating in a Muj gathering in Badakhshan Province.
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A government base & ammunitions captured by Muj, damaged government tanks, & decomposed dead bodies of government soldeirs in Kandahar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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A Muj preparing a heavy machine gun for operations, Commander Engineer Ahmad Shah Massoud looking through binoculars, a view of green mountains, a group of armed Muj sitting at their post, a Muj carrying food, a Muj cooking rice, a child with a bullet-strip, a Muj praying, Muj standing beside the heavy weapons, a group of Muj moving for operations, Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud talking on the wireless phone & Muj posing for camera in Takhar Province.
Afghan Media Resource Center
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Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj, Muj on horses, operations & Muj military & physical training in Paktia Province.
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Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj, Muj on horses, operations & Muj military & physical training in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj, burned Soviet tanks, Soviet thrown bombs, destructed Soviet vehicles, destroyed houses & heavy soviet machine guns in Arghandab district of Kandahar Province.
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Houses destroyed by the Soviet bombardment & Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud greeting people in Panjshir Province.
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Commander Hussain Anwari with Muj around the Dead bodies of martyred Muj in Sanglakh District of Maidan Wardak Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj travelling in a vehicle, Muj sitting beside their vehicles, government posts & tanks captured by Muj, a local Bazaar, children walking on a road & view of winding mountain roads in Kunar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Government soldiers burned & killed in tanks shot by Muj, Muj moving on Jalalabad-Torkham Road, Muj preparing & firing a BM-12 rocket launcher in Samar Khail District.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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A government tank & a post on a hill captured by Muj, Muj preparing a recoilless rifle, a mortar gun & a ZPU-1 for operations & a Muj commander talking to his group in Badakhshan Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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amrc, cameraman Mohammad Hanif on a tank, armed Muj, amrc Director, Haji Sayed Daud interviewing captured militia commanders & decomposed dead bodies of government militias killed in war by Muj in Speen Boldak District.
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Muj standing beside a captured government tank, a decomposed body of a government soldier laying on the earth, Muj eating water milon, a Muj aiming a recoilless rifle, Muj climbing a mountain & Muj sleeping on a mountain in Nangarhar Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
A government base & ammunitions captured by Muj, damaged government tanks, & decomposed dead bodies of government soldeirs in Kandahar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
by Muhammad Muqim
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Afghan refugees weaving different designs of carpet in a carpet weaving factory located in Sawabi refugee camp.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Afghan refugees weaving different designs of carpet in a carpet weaving factory located in Sawabi refugee camp.
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Commander Haji Abdul Latif posing for camera, the captured Silo-Building & King Mirwais Khan's Tomb, Muj standing beside their trucks, Muj visiting Zarghona Ana's tomb & Muj commanders participating in a meeting in Kandahar Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj aiming ZPU-1, recoilless rifle, heavy machine guns & Kabul Regime's tanks & militias caught by Muj in Speen Boldak District.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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A doctor treating & a Journalist from amrc interviewing commander Jalaluddin Haqqani in Khost Province
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Decomposed dead bodies of government soldiers, captured tanks & sculpture of Buddha in Bamyan Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Soviet captured tank, Muj distributing new weapons, Muj gatherings, heavey weapons & animals loaded by ammunitions in Shinwar District of Nangarhar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Reproduced pictures of the children and a woman killed by Soviet bombardment in Herat province of Afghanistan.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Agriculture, Public life, Commander Engineer Aminullah & Muj in Surkh Rood District of Nangarhar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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A doctor treating & a Journalist from amrc interviewing commander Jalaluddin Haqqani in Khost Province
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A Mortar gun shot by Muj, Hezb-e-Islami Commanders Haji Deen Mohammad, Mohammad Deedar & Haji Jabbar leading Muj Operations in Sorobi District of Kabul Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Armed Muj greeting each other, Muj hannging Burhanuddin Rabbani's & the Pakistani President General Zia-ul-Haq's posters on a wall, School students in military uniform during a march at a school in Mazari Sharif City.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Smoke rising from a government post shot by Muj, dust & smokes rising from the earth after firing a BM-16 rocket launcher fixed in a military vehicle, a Muj aiming a Stinger Missile in Samar Khail District.
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Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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The living condition of Afghan refugees and narcotics usage by addicted people in Peshawar city.
Topics: Pakistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj preparing a heavy machine gun for operations, farmers winnowing & ripping wheat, Muj visitng the captured government post & tanks in Kunar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj, burned Soviet tanks, Soviet thrown bombs, destructed Soviet vehicles, destroyed houses & heavy soviet machine guns in Arghandab district of Kandahar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Usage of Stinger and Ziko-1 by Muj, unexploded Mine and damaged Soviet heavy tank in Kandahar province in March 1988
Afghan Media Resource Center
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A doctor treating & a Journalist from amrc interviewing commander Jalaluddin Haqqani in Khost Province
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Commander Daud Shah talking to a government captured soldier, Muj carrying ammunitions by trucks, a Muj standing beside a BM-12 rocket launcher, government vehicles captured by Muj & farmers ripping harvest, grazing animals & ploughing their field by oxen in Samar Khail District.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Houses destroyed by the government bombardment, a Muj standing beside a huge dig made by the government bombardment & a Muj aiming a Stinger Missile in Surkh Rood District.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj smoking water-pipe, an armed Muj ploughing field by the oxen, farmers threshing wheat by oxen, Muj & amrc photographer Mohammad Rahim with heavy machine guns posing for camera & People carrying their stuff by a horse in Marki Khail Village of Shirzad District.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud & Arab Muj Abdullah Izam participating in a Muj gathering in Badakhshan Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj over mountains preparing & firing BM-1, ZPU-2, SAM-7 & a recoilless rifle in Jegdalak Village of Sorobi District.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Young Muj aiming weapons, Muj travelling in a truck, a shepherd with a machine gun grazing a flock of sheep, a young girl with a machine gun posing for camera & smokes rising from Muj's positions in Targaan Valley of Ghazni Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Press conference of Jihadist leaders held in Peshawar city and most of Jihadist leaders attended the conference.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
by Muhammad Muqim
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Afghan refugees weaving different designs of carpet and blankets in Sawabi refugee camp.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Smoke rising from a government post shot by Muj, dust & smokes rising from the earth after firing a BM-16 rocket launcher fixed in a military vehicle, a Muj aiming a Stinger Missile in Samar Khail District.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Afghan Media Resource Center
by Muhammad Muqim
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Afghan refugees weaving different designs of carpet in a carpet weaving factory located in Sawabi refugee camp.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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NIFA Commander Mohammad Alam leading Muj operations & smokes rising from the government posts & tanks shot by Muj on Kabul-Jalalabad Road in Sorobi District.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud learning the Holy Quraan from a teacher & posing for camera in Takhar Province.
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Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud & Arab Muj Abdullah Izam participating in a Muj gathering in Badakhshan Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Muj standing beside a captured government tank, a decomposed body of a government soldier laying on the earth, Muj eating water milon, a Muj aiming a recoilless rifle, Muj climbing a mountain & Muj sleeping on a mountain in Nangarhar Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj, primary education, medical facilities & the public life during Soviet war in Arghandab District of Kandahar Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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A government military base, tanks & ammunitions captured by Muj,Commander Saznoor leading Muj's operations, Muj carrying bread in a vehicle, Muj aiming a ZPU-1 & a recoilless rifle, & government bombardment on houses in Adah Village.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud & Arab Muj Abdullah Izam participating in a Muj gathering in Badakhshan Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
amrc, cameraman Mohammad Hanif on a tank, armed Muj, amrc Director, Haji Sayed Daud interviewing captured militia commanders & decomposed dead bodies of government militias killed in war by Muj in Speen Boldak District.
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Afghan Media Resource Center
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Muj on animals moving on a mountain, a Muj carrying ammunitions box, Muj aiming a ZPU-1, Muj standing & sitting at their post beside the ammunitions boxes, a Muj washing dishes & cooking meal in Sorobi District.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud & Arab Muj Abdullah Izam participating in a Muj gathering in Badakhshan Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Afghan Media Resource Center
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The gathering of Afghan refugees to support King Zahir Shah which violated by the supporters of Afghanistan Islamic government.
Topics: Pakistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj in Paktia Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Commander Haji Abdul Latif posing for camera, the captured Silo-Building & King Mirwais Khan's Tomb, Muj standing beside their trucks, Muj visiting Zarghona Ana's tomb & Muj commanders participating in a meeting in Kandahar Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Afghan Media Resource Center
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A doctor treating & a Journalist from amrc interviewing commander Jalaluddin Haqqani in Khost Province
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Afghan Media Resource Center
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A doctor treating & a Journalist from amrc interviewing commander Jalaluddin Haqqani in Khost Province
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Decomposed dead bodies of Soviet soldiers killed in war by Muj, Muj on horses, operations & Muj military & physical training in Paktia Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center
Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Commander Ahmad Shah Masoud & Arab Muj Abdullah Izam participating in a Muj gathering in Badakhshan Province.
Topics: Afghanistan, amrc, Afghan Media Resource Center