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In Search of the Khyber Pass
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The author describes a visit to Peshawar, Pakistan, and the Darra gun bazaar in the Northwest Frontier Province.
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The author describes a visit to Peshawar, Pakistan, and the Darra gun bazaar in the Northwest Frontier Province.

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The pilot announced, "Inshallah, we will soon be landing in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province."
My husband glanced at me. "Inshallah means 'God willing,'" I explained. He rolled his eyes, retightening his seat belt. I smiled and shrugged. Maybe the best way to approach our visit here was with similar fatalism.
We'd come to this border town to research a screenplay but were aware of the many difficulties ahead. Next-door neighbor, Afghanistan, had defeated Russia in one war, but internal conflicts continued, preparing the ground for the Taliban.

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The research from this trip led to a screenplay and novel, set during the Afghan War with the Soviets, originally viewed as an impossible David and Goliath conflict. In the early 1980s, the Americans provided covert assistance to the mujahideen resistance, including the Stinger anti-aircraft missile, which eventually turned the tide, leading to the downfall of the Soviet Union. The story is about getting the first Stingers to an Afghan chief, a character based on a real leader. Viewed as a threat by extremists, he was assassinated on September 9, 2001.

About Diana R.

Diana Chambers was born with a passport in one hand and a book in the other. Travel has opened many doors. An Asian importing business led to a Hollywood design career, and later scriptwriting led to novels. She loves spicy foods and the road not taken. Her bag is always...

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