A suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police patrol. An old woman was beaten by the Taliban after she tried to stop them from taking her son. The fight for Kandahar, Afghanistan's second largest city, shows some of the biggest hurdles faced by the U. Kandahar, a city of an estimated , people in the south, is an important piece in the battle for Afghanistan, and losing control of it would be a huge blow to the coalition. The city — and the outlying province with the same name — will be a focus of the additional buildup of tens of thousands of troops which President Barack Obama is expected to order for Afghanistan.
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In Kandahar , where large-scale NATO military operations are expected this summer , some residents say the Taliban is their only option — the Afghan government and justice system are so corrupt they have nowhere else to turn to resolve complaints and get services. Even as they realize living under the thumb of the Taliban is miserable, some Kandahar residents say they would rather live under that than the misery of another military operation. And after previous experiences, they don't expect U. People must know they are not helping us, instead they are disturbing us, it is not something good that we like," says Ghaffar. Ghulam Hazrat Ghulam Hazrat is in his 30s and is a motorbike driver from Panjwai. Hazrat says he lives in an area where Taliban plant IEDs and burn schools. It's something that local people don't want but it's out of their control and they feel powerless, he says.
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Mother Jones: How did you get access to this operation? It seems like something that the Army would generally not want to be photographed. Although it did take a month for my request to get approved through the various chains of command, I was finally granted access to take photos at the collection point—with certain limitations, of course.
As the students enter the courtyard and breathe in the fresh air, their faces become more cheerful. Kawsar, 15, an eleventh-grader, is looking at the paintings on the courtyard walls. Both teachers and students try to keep the environment clean.