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Afghanistan Today
Monday, February 9, 1987

With the John Brown Cook Association for Freedom which is headed by Professor Alfred Balitzer, we at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to announce that Khalid Wordak will speak here on Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m., following an Athenaeum reception and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. Wordak, 21, has just returned to the United States after three years of fighting with the Afghan Freedom Fighters. He presently attends the University of Maryland, but will return to Afghanistan in May to resume his post. His father, General Wordak, is commander-in-chief of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA). NIFA is a pro-Western group currently struggling to repel the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

"Hawk" or "Commando," as his fellow freedom fighters call him, has been wounded twice in confrontations with the Soviets, once by the KGB and the other time by a strafing Russian MIG aircraft. In his three years of fighting, he has led special forces battalions of up to 30 men. Use the sign-up coupon to reserve space to hear this impressive young leader.