WHOWE ARE: Patriots & Friends of Afghanistan
We are organized as a Non-Profit formed and authorized under the laws of the State of Texas, and will be led by Ajmal Anar "AJ", who will serve as Director along with Ajmal Safi who speaks 6 languages and worked as an independent contractor for a company out of VA beach that trained the U.S. State Department high ranking diplomats, the U.S. Department of Defense to include Ministry of Defense Advisors (MODA), Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW), and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as a bilingual bicultural advisor subject matter expert and linguist in the U.S. as an Afghan war expert.
Ajmal Anar is an International Attorney who has served in several key roles throughout the 20-year war for the United States government. His positions include work with USAID, USSOCOM, NATO, Senior Legal Advisor, Foreign Media Analyst, etc. He worked with several US and UN Nations Generals to develop foreign policy as a senior advisor. His family has been left behind by the US government who offers no assistance to bring them home despite his years of service as a GS-15 and multi award winning work efforts to serve our great nation and UN allies. He wants to help other patriots and veterans honor our UN nations pledge to provide safe harbor to citizens of UN nations and allies qualified
for special immigrant visas.
Joanne King Herring’s phone started buzzing nonstop on Aug. 15, when Afghanistan’s government collapsed some 20 years after the U.S. invaded following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Text messages and email poured in from around the world.
The Taliban regime that U.S. troops pushed out in 2001 is back in power.
Herring, now 93, became connected to Afghanistan in the public’s mind when Julia Roberts portrayed her in the 2007 film “Charlie Wilson’s War,” a loosely biographical comedy-drama about three people who helped fuel a semi-secret war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The unlikely trio — Roberts as Herring, Tom Hanks as former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson and Philip Seymour Hoffman as CIA operative Gust Avrakotos — led to the formation of Operation Cyclone, a program designed to help support and organize the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet-Afghan War. Their efforts may have ultimately changed the course of history by bringing down the Soviet Union and ending the Cold War.
“People want to keep quoting that movie,” Herring said. “And that’s a very good movie, but it’s not history.”
The reality is, it wasn’t director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s job to write a story about what to do in Afghanistan, she pointed out. Solving cultural conflict is more complex than that.
“It’s so dreadfully sad. And people don’t know what the real situation is,” Herring said. “My heart is just breaking from what I see. All these people are weeping over Afghanistan, but they’re not doing anything to help them.”