I was pretty much surprised by the interview which colleague Nasser al-Haqbani at Ash-Sharq al-Awsat daily conducted with Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a former “star mujahideen” in Afghanistan during the 1980s and 1990s.
Sayyaf looked like he just walked out of the pages of history. Besides his grey hair and beard, his looks did not change at all.
Sayyaf commented on Afghanistan’s current situation but what was really interesting in the interview is his statements on figures from that phase and who have influenced politics and culture ever since. He discussed his relation with Osama Bin Laden and how he first met him and Abdullah Azzam.
That phase in Afghanistan has in general helped establish plenty of principles that founded today’s groups and policiesMashari Althaydi