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Ahmad Shah Massoud

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We will never be a pawn in someone else's game. We will always be Afghanistan.
Attributed in Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda (2005) by Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezzullo

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