A local Afghan stands near the graves of fighters from Harikit ul-Ansar, a Pakistani Islamic militant group north of Kabul. Dozens of Pakistani, Afghan and Arab militants were buried here after fighting with Northern Alliance forces in the Shamoli plains north of Kabul in September, 1998. The Afghan Taliban government welcomed the foreign fighters. Harikat ul-Ansar was labeled a terrorist organization in 1997 by the U.S. because of its connections with Osama bin Laden. Villagers smashed the headstones placed by the group's supporters.