War On All Fronts

ALEXANDRA BOULAT/VII for TIME

Pro-Taliban followers of Pakistan's Jammiat Ulama-e-Islam group rally in the streets of Quetta

The air strikes will begin much as everyone has imagined: U.S. planes, perhaps shadowed by allied fighters, will swoop down from the clouds and drop their payloads on poor, doomed Afghanistan. They will come in waves, one after another, trying to hit their targets and dodge antiaircraft fire. But there will be more than just bombs falling from the sky. Air Force C-17 cargo planes will be dropping pouches of food, thousands upon thousands of "culturally neutral," vitamin-fortified rice cakes, each stamped with the American flag and the words: THIS FOOD IS A GIFT FROM THE UNITED STATES OF...

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