Thanksgiving with the Taliban

ALEXANDRA BOULAT/VII FOR TIME

Time correspondant Tim McGirk in Quetta with Pakistani Police

With a few colleagues, I spent my thanksgiving meal squatting on the floor of an Afghan passport office, talking to Taliban fighters about miracles and Judgment Day. On the Afghan side of the border near the Pakistani town of Chaman, we have pulled into a Taliban base, a dusty courtyard with two broken-down cars. Earlier in the day, a convoy of journalists was stoned and robbed while leaving Spin Boldak, just up the road. Some 200 other journalists had already left for Pakistan. We're waiting for four reporters who had been led off into the Rigestan Desert by the Taliban to...

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