Talibanana Republic

“No longer are fighters like Mr. Omer sleeping under the stars, avoiding airstrikes and planning ambushes against foreign troops or the Western-backed Afghan government. Instead, they are wrestling with the same economic hardships gripping their countrymen, with the same threat of Islamic State attacks and with the raucous, puzzling, winding streets and back alleys of Kabul, a city of about 4.5 million people that they are practically strangers to.” Some pretty amazing reporting in this NYT Gift Article: On Patrol: 12 Days With a Taliban Police Unit in Kabul. This article presents a hell of a lot of differences between us and them, but one notable similarity: “Their phones are the focus of much of their downtime.”

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