America’s War In Afghanistan, In Photos
Like tens of thousands of Americans who served in Afghanistan since 2001, I know this land well from my journeys across more than half of its provinces as a professor of Afghan history and an employee of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center, which tasked me with tracking the movement of Taliban and Al-Qaeda suicide bombers. I also worked at a Forward Operations Base in Regional Command East as a subject matter expert.
While on my solo missions for the CIA and U.S. Army in what my team called the Red Zone beyond the safety of our base’s walls, I did something none of my U.S. Army comrades -- who traveled in convoys and were restricted by rules of engagement -- could do: I freely photographed the Afghan people around me as they went about their lives in an active war zone. All the photos were taken between late 2001 and 2007.