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Ground Report | New Delhi What is the story of valley of five lions’; This was in 1982 when Soviet troops dominated almost all of Afghanistan, but a small valley was still out of reach. Eventually, the Soviet command’s patience ran out and one day, with full readiness, they launched a ground and air offensive involving thousands of Afghan government troops in addition to Soviet troops.

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What is the story of valley of five lions

The Soviets brought all the heavy military hardware to the field. MiG-6 helicopters flew low and commando troops landed in the mountains, and MiG-24 gunship helicopters began carpet-bombing of militant hideouts. In the same attack, the Soviet Union also tested its state-of-the-art Sukhoi 25 bomber for the first time. At the same time, a ground offensive was launched. The attackers were led by Afghan soldiers on tanks, followed by Soviet troops.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old guerrilla commander was watching the valley from the top of the mountain. The name of this commander was Ahmad Shah Masood. They had a plan in place, allowing government troops to enter the valley, blowing up pre-installed dynamite, dropping the entire valley on the road, and trapping government troops inside a mousetrap.

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Government soldiers are government soldiers, whether they are from 1982 or 2021. Shortly afterward, their Russian-made tanks overturned and began shelling the Soviet army. 

Hindu Kush mountain range

The Panjshir Valley consists of rocky slopes, the sharp angles of which flow into the river at the foot of the valley. By cutting off the sides of these mountains, the hard-hearted Panj Sheris have made room for their fields and houses. Apart from farming, people also make a living from herding. If you look up at the road that runs along the Panj Sher River, you will see goats and sheep grazing on the slopes on both sides.

Located in the Hindu Kush mountain range, the 150-kilometer-long valley connects the northern and southern parts of Afghanistan. Once the only route from Afghanistan’s southern provinces to the north and Central Asia, the Salang Tunnel was built in the 1960s with the help of the Soviet government. But this road passes through the side of Panj Sher Valley, so it can be easily blocked by targeting the gates of this valley.

An example of this was seen in 1997 when Ahmad Shah Massoud blew up the Salang tunnel with dynamite so that the Taliban could not use it.

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Panjshir Valley is very important for the Taliban because the problem is both symbolic and emotional. If anti-Taliban forces continue to gather in the valley, it could encourage people in other parts of the country to rise up against the Taliban. Therefore, the Taliban would like to see what Russia could not do from 1979 to 1983 and Mullah Omar from 1996 to 2001.

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