Neil Shea / Dispatches

Snapshots of a Fading War

 

Neil Shea on location


You Make Us Soft

KANDAHAR PROVINCE—A major, a colonel, and a general, big men of the Afghan National Security Forces, sat at a small table in a bedroom made from a shipping container and talked over lunch about the good old days.

“Things were better under the Russians,” said the general, who had long ago been trained in Soviet Russia. “For one thing, there were no human rights.”

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