On September 9, 2001, Ahmed

by Nathan Hamm on 9/10/2003

On September 9, 2001, Ahmed Shah Masood, leader of Afghanistan’s
Northern Alliance was assassinated, most likely by Al Qaeda. Afghan Officials visited his grave
as part of ceremonies across the country honoring him. I remember
hearing about it on Voice of America and BBC and not really thinking a
whole lot of it at the time. I was still putting things back together
after a fire destroyed nearly everything I had brought with me to
Uzbekistan. His death was just part of the endless stream of bad news
coming from beyond the southern borders of my temporary home. A war was
raging less than 500 miles away, but it seemed worlds away at the time.
Of course, the late evening a couple days later really changed
everything, but I think I will leave that for tomorrow. I never did
finish my journal from the Peace Corps. It just kind of ends in late
August, so I might as well finish it for all (20 or so) of you.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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