How the U.S. Created the Afghan War—and Then Lost It


| 4/30/2014 11:06:00 AM


Tags: War on Terror, Afghanistan, Anand Gopal, terrorism, foreign policy,

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The Unreported Story of How the Haqqani Network Became America's Greatest Enemy

This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.

It was a typical Kabul morning. Malik Ashgar Square was already bumper-to-bumper with Corolla taxis, green police jeeps, honking minivans, and angry motorcyclists. There were boys selling phone cards and men waving wads of cash for exchange, all weaving their way around the vehicles amid exhaust fumes. At the gate of the Lycée Esteqial, one of the country’s most prestigious schools, students were kicking around a soccer ball. At the Ministry of Education, a weathered old Soviet-style building opposite the school, a line of employees spilled out onto the street. I was crossing the square, heading for the ministry, when I saw the suicide attacker.