Reporters' Notebook

TIME's cover story this week could be crafted only with the work of many journalists. The thoughts of three:

--MICHAEL WARE, our reporter in Kabul, delved into the violent Afghan prelude to Sept. 11, 2001:

"In Afghanistan, every Westerner is a spy until proved otherwise. I remember approaching an Afghan intelligence general for an interview. He fingered my business card, then turned to my translator and said, 'I haven't decided who he is yet. I'll watch him and make inquiries. Then I'll decide whether to talk.' Sensitive questions can provoke accusations of espionage. After I made a couple of inquiries, another...

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