War Rugs


One of the earliest subjects depicted in art was war. This should be no surprise, as it is a human activity that provokes great emotions. From the stelae of ancient Egypt, to the tapestries of Medieval Europe and the war artists of the 20th century, military art is widespread through human history. In Afghanistan, one … Continue reading War Rugs

Review: Earth & Ashes


Atiq Rahimi is one of several Afghan writers who has become well known in the West. Born in Kabul, he studied at the Lycée Esteqlal where he learned French. After the Soviet invasion, he and his family fled first to Pakistan, and then to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne. Rahimi first began to … Continue reading Review: Earth & Ashes

The “Russians” Left Behind


When Russia’s decade-long military intervention in Afghanistan ended in 1989, armoured columns withdrew over the “Friendship Bridge” into what is now Uzbekistan. Trailing the final column on foot was the Soviet Army in Afghanistan’s commander, Colonel-General Boris Gromov. “That’s it,” he said to a television crew filming the withdrawal, “Not one Soviet soldier is behind … Continue reading The “Russians” Left Behind

10 Facts about the Taliban


I recently wrote a short article for the website Military History Now, titled “Generation Taliban — 10 Surprising Facts About Afghanistan’s Tireless Insurgent Army.” After nearly two decades of fighting against the Taliban, I’m regularly surprised at how little the public actually knows about the organization.