Lieutenant General D S Hooda, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM & Bar, ADC (Retd) is former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Indian Army’s Northern Command. He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group.
On 26 September 2001, a small U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operatives team arrived in the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan. As described in Gary Schroen’s book First In, this vanguard set the stage for America's war in Afghanistan. The forces of the Northern Alliance mainly led the battle on the