The Panjshir Valley (also spelled Panjsheer or Panjsher; Persian: ???? ?????? - Dare-ye Panj�ir; literally Valley of the Five Lions) is a valley in north-central Afghanistan, 150 km north of Kabul, near the Hindu Kush mountain range. Located in the Panjshir Province it is divided by the Panjshir River. The valley is home to more than 300,000 people, including Afghanistan's largest concentration of ethnic Tajiks. As of April 2004, it became the heart of Panjshir Province. It is also notable for being the birthplace of Ahmad Shah Massoud


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