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Season 1 Episode 86

The Guns of Afghanistan

Aired Unknown Jun 01, 2009 on The History Channel
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The Guns of Afghanistan
The history of Afghanistan is a history of resistance. The small country's strategic location at the heart of central Asia has made it the target of such formidable invaders as Alexander the Great, the British Empire and the Soviet Red Army. For centuries, defiant Afghan warriors have repelled foreign aggressors through a combination of unconventional tactics and the adoption and mastery of increasingly advanced weaponry. In this episode of "Tales of the Gun," leading historians, weapons experts, veterans of both the Afghan and Soviet armies and the former chief of the CIA Afghan Task Force discuss the unique history of firearms in Afghanistan. Some of the many weapons covered include the indigenous Jezail flintlock musket, the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle imported from Russia and the Stinger anti-aircraft missile supplied to Mujahideen rebels by the CIA in the 1980's.moreless

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