Its history to Afghanistan, warlords and possibly Victor Bout started in January 1997 when it was bought by Balkh Airlines and ferried to Ostend.
In the excellent book "Taliban" by Ahmed Rashid one can read about a "warlord", named Rashid Dostum. He ruled his empire in northern Afghanistan in the early 1990s. He started Balkh Airlines, operating from Mazar-e-Sharif, bringing in contraband from Dubai, trading along ancient routes with Pakistan, Iran and Central-Asian countries.
Balkh at one time was a flourishing city, a center of civilization & culture, Buddhism & Islam, but was destroyed by Gengis Khan in 1220. Nearby Mazar-e-Sharif took over the role of center of trade. Now only ruines of Balkh remain.
On May 19th 1997 (!) Dostum had to run for the Taliban as an ally (Malik) sold him out. Dostum fled to Iran.
So, no wonder this YA-GAF has gone nowhere since it arrived at Ostend in 1991.
But Rashid Dostum was back in Afghanistan in 2001, fighting the Taliban with the 'Northern Alliance". He is now (nov.2001) referred to in the press as an "Alliance-General" (probably because the term "warlord" does not go well with a Western world ally!).
Boeing 707 YA-GAF was scrapped at Ostend in July 2004: Photo on Airliners.net
Information about Balkh Airlines, Rashid Dostum or his alleged connection with Viktor Bout will be greatly appreciated.
Larry Hammick sent me the link to Wikipedia: Abdul_Rashid_Dostum on Wikipedia