Waiting Games

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Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Islamabad, Pakistan My first stop is the Afghan embassy where I, along with 800 other journalists, submit visa application forms for Kabul. We're told to check back in two weeks--i.e., forget about it. The only reason the Taliban might let hordes of journalists in is to use them as human shields against a U.S. attack. An ominous thought.

Peshawar On the road down from the Khyber Pass, TIME photographer John Stanmeyer jumps out of our car to take pictures of Pakistani soldiers marching to an old...