September 27th, 2009 Headsman
On this date in 1996, the man who once ruled ruled Afghanistan under the aegis of a superpower succumbed to the tender mercies of his country’s fundamentalist insurgency.
Mohammad Najibullah was the last president of the Soviet-backed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Unfortunately for Najibullah, he was on the job when Moscow decided to throw in the towel on the Soviet-Afghan War.
After losing the subsequent civil war, the former President was trapped for a nervous few years in Kabul — blocked from joining his family in flight to India by the offices of former Soviet client and present-day American client Abdul Rashid Dostum.
At the instigation of future Taliban second-in-command Mohammad Rabbani, Najibullah and his brother were hauled out of the U.N. compound where they had taken refuge, publicly beaten, tortured and castrated, and strung up on a traffic barricade.
There was a new sheriff in town.
Also on this date
- Feast Day of Saints Cosmas and Damian
- 1944: A Dutch Kapo named Raphaelson
- 1583: Elisabeth Plainacher, Vienna's only witchcraft execution
- 1975: The last executions under Franquismo
- 1906: Adolph Weber, nervy
- 1471: Thomas Neville, the Bastard Faulconbridge
- 1976: Three terrorists in Syria
- Themed Set: Semiramis
Entry Filed under: 20th Century,Afghanistan,Borderline "Executions",Capital Punishment,Cycle of Violence,Death Penalty,Doctors,Execution,Hanged,Heads of State,History,Lynching,Mature Content,No Formal Charge,Occupation and Colonialism,Politicians,Power,Public Executions,Summary Executions,The Worm Turns,Torture,Wartime Executions
Tags: 1990s, 1996, abdul rashid dostum, afghan civil war, afghan-soviet war, anti-communism, civil war, communism, communists, islam, kabul, khad, mohammad najibullah, mohammad rabbani, september 27, soviet-afghan war, taliban