How It Goes

A man clears debris after Taliban militants burned a market in Ghazni. Photograph Zakeria HashimiAFPGetty Images

A man clears debris after Taliban militants burned a market in Ghazni. Photograph: Zakeria Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images

Governor Nimati said that disaster in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district was averted last week only after the American military sent Special Forces troops to fight alongside Afghan commandos, backed up by airstrikes. But as soon as the Americans and the commandos left, he said, Taliban forces immediately began filtering back in, and by the weekend the bases in the district were again in Taliban hands.
(Rod Nordland, “The Death Toll for Afghan Forces Is Secret. Here’s Why,” NYTimes, 9-21-18)

[Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.]

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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