Afghanistan When Allah Beckons

Mohammad Anwar, 13, has fought in seven battles, and during the last one, an assault on a government garrison outside the village of Dara Noor, he killed at close range for the first time. He had followed the fighters through mined fields, running like crazy, and was in the first wave that captured the enemy post. He and a friend came upon three soldiers scrambling down a hill. His friend shot one. Mohammad Anwar shot the other two, thumping the bodies with his rifle butt to make sure they were dead, then calmly removing a revolver from the first corpse.

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