Pursuing the Taliban

The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan brings back a lot of memories. Nearly 20 years ago, I traveled to Afghanistan to cover the fighting after the Sept. 11 attacks. I had the good fortune to work with an amazing and courageous photojournalist named Cheryl Diaz-Meyer.

I had volunteered to go to Afghanistan or wherever the U.S. was sending troops and I have no regrets, but I was glad to get out of there alive. Eight journalists were killed while Cheryl and I were there.

Reporting from refugee camp near Khoja Bahauddin, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2001.

I made a video about our trip about 10 years ago. I never posted it anywhere, but figure I may as well share it. Please be aware that some images are graphic.

And here’s a photo gallery.

2 thoughts on “Pursuing the Taliban”

  1. Tracey, this is an amazing and funny piece. I’m so grateful for our collaboration in Afghanistan. Your sense of humor, your work ethic, your ability to just keep moving forward when things were desperately hopeless—you were a rock for both of us. So deeply appreciate you!

    • Thank you, Cheryl! Working with you was one of the best experiences I’ve had in journalism. You are an inspiration, and when I talk to young journalists I often tell them about you and your great work.


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