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Images of Musa Qala

Photographs by Aziz Ahmad Tassal (ARR No. 275, 27-Nov-07)
By IWPR Afghanistan
  • A bystander offers a rose to the Taleban.
    A bystander offers a rose to the Taleban.
  • Taleban troops parade through Musa Qala.
    Taleban troops parade through Musa Qala.
  • Armed to the teeth.
    Armed to the teeth.
  • Warriors in dishevelled turbans, their legs dangling over the sides of their trucks.
    Warriors in dishevelled turbans, their legs dangling over the sides of their trucks.
  • Reporters interview local commanders.
    Reporters interview local commanders.
  • In between interviews and the military parade, we broke for lunch with Taleban fighters.
    In between interviews and the military parade, we broke for lunch with Taleban fighters.
  • Some of Musa Qala's younger residents. Taleban control has restricted the flow of aid to the district, with the exception of a polio vaccination campaign.
    Some of Musa Qala's younger residents. Taleban control has restricted the flow of aid to the district, with the exception of a polio vaccination campaign.
  • There is no state schooling for girls like this young burqa-clad child in Musa Qala.
    There is no state schooling for girls like this young burqa-clad child in Musa Qala.
  • The district chief said schooling had stopped because the Taleban disapproved of the current Afghan curriculum.
    The district chief said schooling had stopped because the Taleban disapproved of the current Afghan curriculum.
  • "We've received no assistance from the foreigners other than bombs" - local resident.
    "We've received no assistance from the foreigners other than bombs" - local resident.
  • None of the journalists on the trip was threatened by the Taleban. But Ariana TV reporter Abdul Wadood Hejran (third from right) was arrested by government security forces and imprisoned overnight upon returning to Lashkar Gah.
    None of the journalists on the trip was threatened by the Taleban. But Ariana TV reporter Abdul Wadood Hejran (third from right) was arrested by government security forces and imprisoned overnight upon returning to Lashkar Gah.

Pictures giving a unique view of life in a Taleban-controlled town.

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