Sayed Jafar Naderi

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Sayed Jafar Naderi (born 1965) is an Ismaili Afghan who controlled Baghlan Province during the early 90s.[1] He was born in Kayan, Baghlan and is also known as Sayyid-i Kayan[2] The son of the Sayed Mansoor Naderi, The previous Vice-President of Afghanistan Sayed Mansoor Naderi, Jafar went to school in England at age 10, after his father was made a political prisoner. He was sent to the United States at age 13 where he became known as Jeff Naderi.


Prior to his father calling him back to Afghanistan, He lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania, played drums in a heavy metal band and was an athlete.[3]

According to The World's Most Dangerous Places, Jafar was rich when he returned to Afghanistan. He is considered one of the country's most brutal and notorious warlords.[4]

He was quoted in The World's Most Dangerous Places as saying that he came to help the people of Baghlan, and the rest of the country. He risked his life to help his people, inspired by his father and grandfather who helped protect Afghanistan.

During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan Jafar became Baghlan's MP. His army fought the Soviets, producing a stream of refugees who fled to Pakistan.[citation needed] Few returned until after the Taliban government fell.

The 80th Division (Afghanistan) was reportedly formed from tribal militia in the second half of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.[5] In 1989 it was the major formation in Baghlan Province, under Jafar's command, then 25 years old.[6]

Jafar was the subject of the 1989 documentary "Warlord of Kayan" produced and directed by Jeff B. Harmon.[7] The film won the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.


  1. ^ Afghanistan Biographien I - J Accessed 17 August 2006
  2. ^ Vogelsang, Willem (2002). The Afghans. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. p. 324. ISBN 0-631-19841-5. 
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  4. ^ Robert Young Pelton. The World's Most Dangerous Places (April 1, 2003 ed.). Collins. p. 1088. ISBN 0-06-001160-2. 
  5. ^ Antonio Giustozzi, War, Politics, and Society in Afghanistan, 2000, 220. See also Afghanistan Justice Project, 'War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity 1978-2001, 2005, http://www.afghanistanjusticeprojectorg.
  6. ^ Howard Witt, Where Warlords Still Reign Father And Son Keep Peace In Afghan Province, Chicago Tribune, June 25, 1989.
  7. ^ "Journeyman Pictures : documentaries : Warlord of Kayan". Retrieved 2012-05-30. 

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