12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers Setting & Symbolism

Doug Stanton
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Mazar-i-Sharif

Once the Americans and Dostum’s men take Mazar-i-Sharif they believe they have made great progress in the war against the Taliban. It is in this city that 600 Taliban pretend to surrender but instead intend to overthrow the Northern Alliance forces. The Afghanistan and American forces are only barely able to defeat them.

Qala-i-Janghi

Qala-i-Janghi is the name of the fortress from which Dostum once ruled Mazar-i-Sharif. The Taliban took over this fortress when they threw Dostum out of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998 and stockpiled weapons inside it. When the Taliban surrender in 2001 the Afghans decide to hold them in this fortress. Nelson thinks this is a bad idea because of the stockpile of weapons there. It is inside this fortress that the prisoners attack the Americans questioning them, killing Spann. Even though the Taliban try to take charge of the fortress, the American and Afghan soldiers are able...

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