Mission: Difficult

Rory Callinan for TIME

An Afghan farmer and Dutch soldiers in Tarin Kowt

Faiz Mohammed slept through the first gunshots, but the second series of blasts, coming from a neighbor's house, sent him running outside in time to see the gate of his compound blown off its hinges. Australian soldiers seized the 50-year-old farmer, pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. After two hours they photographed him and let him go. "I was freezing cold, I was terrified," he says.

He went immediately to his neighbor's house. "There was blood everywhere, Faiz recalls. "There were dead bodies." He says six members of the Daad family had...

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