By Ted Rall

Introduction by way of invoice Maher. whilst U.S. bombs begun raining at the Taliban, Rall jumped on a aircraft instantly to the battle sector to get the genuine tale for himself. that includes his Village Voice articles and a image novel.

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He’s not going to drop,” bets Lance from the BBC. ” If you squint, you can make out a Taliban bunker a half mile down the valley on a perfectly sunny day. “They’ve been trying to hit us all day,” Lance notes. ” Lance is right. After a few hours photographing and sketching Alliance troops, the heat gets to me, and I hop into my car for the drive back to Taloqan. On the way home, I call my mom to wish her a happy Thanksgiving. A few minutes after leaving Bangi, the Taliban score a coup; they take out the journalists’ parking lot.

Lance is right. After a few hours photographing and sketching Alliance troops, the heat gets to me, and I hop into my car for the drive back to Taloqan. On the way home, I call my mom to wish her a happy Thanksgiving. A few minutes after leaving Bangi, the Taliban score a coup; they take out the journalists’ parking lot. Some guy from Finnish radio comes back in a pickup truck, bleeding from pebbles and rocks lodged somewhere inside him. And after that, all hell breaks loose when a Taliban commander drives down the road to surrender himself, a pile of guns, and a Ford Expedition.

Of course we will throw away our burqas,” a young woman told me at the bazaar, “but we are afraid the Taliban will come back. ” There is understandable uncertainty in the air about whether “the current government,” as locals call it, will stay in power. But it’s more than that. Women as well as men dread a return to the “Mad Max”-like state of anarchy that characterized the early ‘90s, when the Northern Alliance last ruled this country. N. compound and castrated, shot and hanged him, the Northern Alliance’s Islamic State of Afghanistan was less a government than a state of institutionalized chaos.

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