Kandahar (Afghanistan)

Inside the Fall of Kabul: An On-the-Ground Account

On July 15, I went to the palace to see Mohib. Above the gate tower, a giant tricolor of the republic fluttered against a clear blue sky. After passing through security, I walked across the long, deserted lawn toward the building that held the Office of the National Security Council. I waited in the council’s […]

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In Hard Times, Afghan Farmers Are Turning to Opium for Security

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — Abdul Hamid’s pomegranate trees were scarred from bullets and shrapnel. The river was low and the land dry. There was no profit anymore from the fruit that made his district in southern Afghanistan so renowned for something other than war. So this month, Mr. Hamid’s field hands began destroying his 800 or […]

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