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On his first visit to Afghanistan in 1986, at the peak of the Afghan-Soviet war, Dr. Larry Goodson grew a beard halfway down his chest, dressed in a tunic and baggy pants, and carried a Beretta 9mm pistol. On later visits, he witnessed the hair-raising rise of the Taliban. The UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and Mt. Olive native, who made lengthy visits to Afghanistan in '86, '92 and '97, has chronicled his experiences in the book Afghanistan's Endless War, a New York Times bestseller since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He'll speak about his Afghanistan experiences in Room 100 of Hamilton Hall on the UNC campus this Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Call 962-3041 for details.

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