Ex-enemies unite to fight Taliban

Montreal Gazette Sunday, November 4, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: Levon Sevunts in Afghanistan Dateline: SOWJONI, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette Twenty years ago, Colonel Abdul Khaleq and his deputy, Habibullah, would have cut each other’s throats. Khaleq was a career officer in the Communist Afghan army, trained at Ryazan Paratrooper College in the Soviet Union to fight the mujaheddin. Habibullah was a mujaheddin field commander, trained in a CIA-financed camp in Pakistan. Today, both of them are officers in…

A knight's crusade to help Afghans: Retired army physician Sir Edward Artis refuses to let anything stop him from delivering aid

The Ottawa Citizen Saturday, November 3, 2001 Page: A4 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: IN KHWAJA BAHUDDIN Source: Citizen Special IN KHWAJA BAHUDDIN – Friends say about Sir Edward Artis that he is the scariest nice guy you’ll ever meet. The highly decorated Vietnam veteran certainly deserves this reputation. A retired army physician and a Knight of Malta, Sir Edward is on a lifetime crusade to help people in the most desperate situations. For Sir Edward, when it comes to helping people almost anything…

A knight's crusade to help Afghans: Retired army physician Sir Edward Artis refuses to let anything stop him from delivering aid

The Ottawa Citizen Saturday, November 3, 2001 Page: A4 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: IN KHWAJA BAHUDDIN Source: Citizen Special IN KHWAJA BAHUDDIN – Friends say about Sir Edward Artis that he is the scariest nice guy you’ll ever meet. The highly decorated Vietnam veteran certainly deserves this reputation. A retired army physician and a Knight of Malta, Sir Edward is on a lifetime crusade to help people in the most desperate situations. For Sir Edward, when it comes to helping people almost anything…

Alliance looking for U.S. respect

Montreal Gazette Thursday, November 1, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: LEVON SEVUNTS In Afghanistan Dateline: LALA MAYDAN, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette The Gazette’s Levon Sevunts visits a Northern Alliance training camp for tank operators in northern Afghanistan. General Attiqola Bareollay, deputy defence minister of the anti-Taliban coalition, wants U.S. respect, even more than American tanks, jets and ammunition. “We want to be treated as equals,” Bareollay said yesterday, speaking to reporters at a tank training ground just across the…

Fighters talk tough as U.S. bombs Taliban troops, but doubts remain: Front-line Norther Alliance soldiers carry older rifles; machine gun is in for repair

Vancouver Sun Wednesday, October 31, 2001 Page: A10 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: JELAMKHOR, Afghanistan Source: Montreal Gazette JELAMKHOR, Afghanistan — The deafening thunder of American bombs dropped on a hilltop Taliban position near this village Tuesday was music to the ears of Commander Haji Muhammaddin. His troops, dug into deep narrow trenches on Puze Pulekhomry hill opposite Taliban positions, need all the help they can get. Just six months ago this range of hills in the Takhor province of northern Afghanistan was in…

In sync with Alliance: U.S. troops on front lines ordered air strikes: villagers

Montreal Gazette Tuesday, October 30, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: LEVON SEVUNTS In Afghanistan Dateline: ZARD KAMAR, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette The Gazette’s Levon Sevunts, a veteran war correspondent, reports from the front line of fighting where the spirited Northern Alliance is outnumbered 4,000 to 200. Ten U.S. soldiers called in air strikes from the Puze Pulekhomry hill near this village on Sunday, local villagers told reporters yesterday. Zard Kamar, about 30 kilometres southwest of Khwaja Bahuddin, the temporary…

It's dusty road to Alliance territory

Montreal Gazette Monday, October 29, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: Levon Sevunts in Afghanistan Dateline: KHWAJA BAHUDDIN, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette There are two ways of getting into northern Afghanistan: you either fly there on a helicopter or plane or take a long ride with a convoy. Either way, you have to get to Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic to the north of Afghanistan and the only country that has land or air links to the areas controlled by…

Bringing medical aid to the most dangerous place in the world: Refugee Relief International is working to set up basic health care in Afghanistan

The Ottawa Citizen Saturday, October 27, 2001 Page: B7 Section: Saturday Observer Byline: Levon Sevunts Dateline: DUSHANBE, Tajikistan Source: Citizen Special DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — When Forrest Smith left Afghanistan in 1988 after travelling with a band of Afghani mujahedeen behind Soviet lines, he made a promise to himself to never come back. “But here I am,” Dr. Smith said yesterday, sitting in the lobby of Hotel Tajikistan in Dushanbe, waiting for a plane to take him to Fayzabad, in the rebel-controlled northeast of Afghanistan. Dr….

Ethnic Russians nervous

Montreal Gazette Sunday, October 21, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: Levon Sevunts in Tashkent Dateline: TASHKENT, Uzbekistan Source: The Gazette Aelita and Vladislav Cherepennikov still remember the days in the early ’90s when strangers would tell them to go back to Russia. “People would come up to me on the bus and tell me that my place was in Russia and not here in Uzbekistan,” said Aelita Cherepennikova, a retired hydro-dam designer, as we settle for the traditional Uzbek…

Fraught by bad blood, the Northern Alliance is shaky at best

The Ottawa Citizen Monday, November 19, 2001 Page: A8 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Column: Levon Sevunts in Khwaja Bahuddin, Afghanistan Source: The Ottawa Citizen The coalition is made up of five ethnically and religiously disparate groups united in their desire to topple the Taliban. Whether they can help govern Afghanistan remains to be seen. Nine years ago people who make up the anti-Taliban coalition and have been fighting the Taliban shoulder-to-shoulder were literally at each other’s throats. Their bloody infighting, which killed at least…

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