AFGHANISTAN: Shrewd Rebels, Smart Mother

Crackling radio dots and dashes from Kabul told finally, last week, why no messages had flashed for the past fortnight, gave gory details of King Amanullah's fierce fight with the rebellious, besieging Shinwaris.

Shrewd Bachia Sakao, chief of the Shinwaris, had not only seized Mogubala Hill, overlooking Kabul, but had diverted a stream which furnished hydro-electric power to light the city and work the radio. For several days the whole of Kabul—even the legation quarter—was under rebel fire. Eventually the Shinwaris were driven back some 40 miles by loyal troops. Meanwhile Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ulya Hazrat flew out of...

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