Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi

In Afghanistan, nothing is ever what it seems. Including surrender. On Nov. 24, a bright, warm Saturday, 300 Taliban soldiers who had fled the American bombardment of Kunduz, their last stronghold in the north of Afghanistan, laid down their weapons in the desert a few kilometers to the north of Mazar-i-Sharif. They surrendered to Northern Alliance General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who crowed that his forces had achieved a "great victory" as the POWs were herded 50 at a time onto flatbed trucks.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Even by the standards of Afghanistan's warlords, Dostum has an unsavory reputation. In...

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