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When the Raids Came

A deeper view of life in Afghanistan during (and after) wartime

Andrew Quilty is a photographer and reporter who has lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2013. In “When the Raids Came,” his article for the September issue of Harper’s Magazine, Quilty follows the story of one family in rural Wardak province over nearly twenty years of war, offering a holistic view of the U.S. military’s impact. Quilty joins Harper’s web editor Violet Lucca to survey Afghanistan’s transition to Taliban control; its media ecosystem; the cultural factors that are often ignored by outside analysts; and the role that the international community—not just the U.S. military—has played in reshaping the country and fostering rampant corruption.

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