“It is not a rock, though it resembles one. Medieval arrow slits and the remains of fortified turrets on its eastern flank show that this was once a large mud fort that collapsed in on itself and was probably built upon in turn. The locals say that it dates back to Alexander the Great.”
It is hard to say how much the 100F (38C) heat, round-the-clock guard shifts and months spent living in trenches and peering out of sandbagged firing points have gilded the legend of OP Rock.
But as Sergeant Josh Brown, 22, briefed his successor
he warned of the strange atmosphere and inexplicable phenomena that plagued OP Rock. “The local people say this is a cursed place,” he said. “You will definitely see weird-ass lights up here at night.”
There is talk of members of the Taleban entombed in caves below; the bodies buried on the summit are identified confidently as dead Russian soldiers from the ill-fated Soviet invasion.
One night he was woken by the sound of screaming.
When I got there he said that he was sitting there when he heard a voice whisper something in his ear. He said it sounded like Russian.
The Brits claimed to see weird things, hear noises
The Afghans say it’s haunted. Stick a shovel in anywhere and you’ll find bones and bits of pottery.