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In honor of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of the Panjshir. Fought for decades against the Afghan Communists, the Soviet Union, the Taliban and al-Qaida. Brilliant, principled and courageous. Martyred on September 9, 2001, two days before September 11th. A true mujahed and a true Muslim.
Takhar Province, Afghanistan. Fall 1991. A never-before published photograph.

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  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaalmost 6 years ago

    lovely face :) great portrait.

  • Thanks coffeetea. This was a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. I have several more to share but wanted to make sure that I got something up before September 9th.

    – Ben Pendleton

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaalmost 6 years ago

    An unpublished photo. Kind of like finding an unpublished manuscrpit of a master composer. A man who fought for what he believed in.

  • Thanks Dayonda. I’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity to show these photographs. He was a truly amazing man.

    – Ben Pendleton

  • midzing
    midzingalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful portrait of a courageous man,,,I have seen several documentaries on his life, and the world needs more people like him… well done

  • Thanks midzing. I just read a quote that was attributed to him. An interviewer asked him what the worst moment in his life was and he supposedly answered, “I’ve had so many worst moments in my life that I don’t know which moment was the worst.” It’s amazing that after all he had been through in his life he was still able to retain his humanity.

    – Ben Pendleton

  • Brandi Alshahin
    Brandi Alshahinalmost 6 years ago

    May Allah spuh be pleased with him…..and keep him insha allah. ameen.

  • Thanks very much, Brandi. Yes, God bless him.

    – Ben Pendleton

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 6 years ago

    Nice capture my friend.

  • Thank you, my friend!

    – Ben Pendleton

  • Jacqueline Baker
    Jacqueline Bakeralmost 6 years ago

    charasmatic looking man with a great smile!

  • Thanks Jacqueline. A very charming, enjoyable man.

    – Ben Pendleton

  • Dan Shalloe
    Dan Shalloealmost 6 years ago

    Such an excellent, genuine portrait – an privileged view deep into the personality.

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment, Dan.

    – Ben Pendleton

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