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FactThe Jihad Museum in Afghanistan

Museum assistant and former Soviet soldier, Sheikh Abdullah looks at a display in the Manzar-e Jahad, or Jihad Museum, which depicts the Soviet invasion of 1979 and the Afghan resistance, in Herat, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Museum assistant and former Soviet soldier, Sheikh Abdullah looks at a display in the Manzar-e Jahad, or Jihad Museum, which depicts the Soviet invasion of 1979 and the Afghan resistance, in Herat, on February 15, 2014. Sheikh Abdullah, who was a Soviet intelligence officer by the name of Khakimov Bakhrodin, was captured after being injured in battle with the Mujahideen. Abdullah stayed with his captors, converted to Islam and was renamed Abdullah. He never returned to his former homeland and now works at the Jihad Museum. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Museum assistant Sheikh Abdullah stands alongside a Soviet helicopter outside the Jihad Museum in Herat, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Museum assistant Sheikh Abdullah stands alongside a Soviet helicopter outside the Jihad Museum in Herat, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




An Afghan veteran and a staff member of the museum points out the names of Afghans who were killed during their fight against Russia in 1979, in Herat, on November 5, 2009. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

An Afghan veteran and a staff member of the museum points out the names of Afghans who were killed during their fight against Russia in 1979, in Herat, on November 5, 2009. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)




An Afghan laborer works on a plaster statue depicting the victims of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, part of a display at The Jihad Museum in Herat, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

An Afghan laborer works on a plaster statue depicting the victims of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, part of a display at The Jihad Museum in Herat, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Museum staff stand among a display of portraits of prominent commanders of the Mujahedeen in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Museum staff stand among a display of portraits of prominent commanders of the Mujahedeen in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Statues depicting the victims of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, on display in the Jihad Museum in Herat, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Statues depicting the victims of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, on display in the Jihad Museum in Herat, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Detail of a tableau depicting fighting during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan at the Jihad Museum, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Detail of a tableau depicting fighting during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan at the Jihad Museum, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




An Afghan laborer looks at statues depicting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan at The Jihad Museum in Herat, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

An Afghan laborer looks at statues depicting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan at The Jihad Museum in Herat, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Detail of a tableau depicting Afghan fighters during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the Jihad Museum, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Detail of a tableau depicting Afghan fighters during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the Jihad Museum, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




A staff member of the Military museum stands next to sculptures in Herat, on November 5, 2009. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)

A staff member of the Military museum stands next to sculptures in Herat, on November 5, 2009. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters)




Museum assistant Sheikh Abdullah stands at a display of burning Soviet tanks in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Museum assistant Sheikh Abdullah stands at a display of burning Soviet tanks in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




A guide in the Jihad Museum describes a fight during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, on August 11, 2009. (Photo by Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)

A guide in the Jihad Museum describes a fight during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, on August 11, 2009. (Photo by Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)




Museum assistant Sheikh Abdullah walks among a display in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Museum assistant Sheikh Abdullah walks among a display in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Sheikh Abdullah walks among a display in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Sheikh Abdullah walks among a display in the Jihad Museum, on February 15, 2014. (Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




Detail of a tableau depicting victims of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, part of a display at the Jihad Museum, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)

Detail of a tableau depicting victims of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, part of a display at the Jihad Museum, on August 8, 2009. (Photo by Shah Marai/AFP Photo via The Atlantic)




A scene of Afghanistan's war against the former Soviet Union's army is portrayed in a diorama in the People's Museum, or Manzar-e Jahad, in Herat, on April 11, 2010. (Photo by Mohammad Shoib/Reuters)

A scene of Afghanistan's war against the former Soviet Union's army is portrayed in a diorama in the People's Museum, or Manzar-e Jahad, in Herat, on April 11, 2010. (Photo by Mohammad Shoib/Reuters)




A guide in the Jihad Museum describes a fight during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in Herat, on August 11, 2009. (Photo by Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)

A guide in the Jihad Museum describes a fight during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in Herat, on August 11, 2009. (Photo by Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)


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