Monday, July 13, 2015

Jihad museum honors the victory of Islam over Russia in Afghanistan

ARTDAILY
Former Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov came to Afghanistan to fight the mujahideen more than three decades ago. Today he has a new life as caretaker of the museum celebrating their victory over the Red Army. AFP PHOTO / FILES / AREF KARIMI.
AFGHANISTAN---Former Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov came to Afghanistan to fight the mujahideen more than three decades ago. Today he has a new life as caretaker of a museum celebrating the jihadists' victory over the Red Army. Khakimov, who now goes by the name Sheikh Abdullah, says he will never return to Russia. On a wall of the museum in the western city of Herat, one black and white photo stands out from the portraits of jihadi heroes -- Abdullah as a young man in a Russian shapka hat adorned with Soviet military insignia. The bearded 50-something, who today prefers the traditional Afghan pakol hat, has worked at Herat's Jihad Museum since 2013. Before that he worked as a healer, prescribing medicinal herbs to locals. [link]