AFGHANISTAN: Fall of Kabul

Kabul grew too hot last week for gleaming-eyed, white-tusked King Habibullah, the savage onetime bandit who last winter wrested Afghanistan's throne from weak, well-meaning little King Amanullah (TIME, Jan. 28). All through the summer, Usurper Habibullah has been harassed by the lean, ruthless, white-chinned Nadir Khan, ill-famed for boiling his captured enemies in oil (TIME, Sept. 2). Last week Nadir converged three armies of overwhelming might upon Kabul. Prudent Habibullah fled in an airplane to escape being French-fried. Without resistance the city fell. Since victorious Nadir was once a general in...

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