A brutal peace in Kunduz


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Nov. 27, 2001. WARNING: Some photos are graphic. POWs at the mercy of alliance captors Last stand by Taliban stokes chaos, reports of opposition savagery Opposition troops’ triumphant march into the Taliban’s last northern stronghold ended Monday in confusion, savagery, and celebration.

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7 journalists killed in 9 days


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Nov. 21, 2001. With his thick mop of red-blond hair, German reporter Volker Handloik stood out in a crowd, not an asset in a country where the Taliban are shooting journalists on sight. Soldiers killed the 40-year-old free-lancer as he rode atop

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Death stalks Afghan refugees


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Nov. 2, 2001. Lack of food, shelter hits women, children especially hard Abdul Samad came back from town last year to find his son sprawled on the frozen ground. Winter took the boy, plain and simple, he said. “Cold killed him. Hunger,

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Afghan smugglers ply age-old trade


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Nov. 5, 2001. Abdul Ruf led his donkey to the edge of a deep gorge and started down a jagged path. He was home free. He had cheated death again. Just below was the Quqcha River, where he would unload precious bundles

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