Today was a down day so I did a lot of reading. I had to resort to living vicariously through the photos of LtCol Johnson who was invited to a lunch meeting that took place off base. He was able to drive to the top of a very tall mountain and take some beautiful pictures. The pictures allow you to see how large and beautiful Kabul really is. I included a little history of the different places that I researched off the web. Hope you enjoy.Kabul City Walls, from Radio Afghanistan: "Around the emergence of Islam, the Kabul Shahan dynasty, a remnant of the small Kushanids, ruled ancient Kabul and its surrounding areas. King Ratbil Shah (or Zanbil Shah), a king of this line, was a very cruel tyrant. To stop attacks from abroad, the Shah decided to build a high wall around the city. He forced all the youth of the city to build the wall as soon as possible. So, the youngsters of the city were working very hard under the watchful eye of wardens supervising the construction of the wall. If anyone refused to work, he was buried alive in the walls. Thousands of youth fell victims to the tyranny of the evil king. The wall that still remains today on the Shirdarwaza and Aasmae mountains is a reminder of that dark era."
Shah do Shamshira Mosque, from Google: "The large two-storied mosque across the river from Timur Shah's mausoleum stands on the site of a mosque originally dedicated in 1544. The present building was commissioned by King Amanullah's mother and constructed in the 1920s. Its name, meaning the Mosque of the King of Two Swords, relates to an early legend concerning the arrival of Islam in Kabul. "