AFGHANISTAN: DEATH OF A CITY

FORSAKEN BY THE WEST, AFGHANISTAN IS ENDURING A BRUTAL CIVIL WAR. HEREWITH A PICTORIAL EULOGY TO KABUL, NOW IN RUINS

The pictures on these pages show a city being ground to dust. This is Kabul today, and no city has suffered more destruction in the '90s than the capital of Afghanistan. Along with the demise of the cold war, the departure of the Soviets in 1989 ended much of the interest of the U.S. and other outsiders. Shortly afterward, vicious, sustained civil war broke out. In the years since, five different armies have fought in Kabul's streets, battling from house to house, killing 45,000 in one six-month period. Jahannam, says the Koran, is a hellish place of "harrowing torment" where people...

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