Dissecting the US’s Afghan adventure

{ "b" : "The Punishment Of Virtue," , "cite" : "by Sarah Chayes, Portobello Books, €29.40."}

17th March, 2007

{ "b" : "The Punishment Of Virtue," , "cite" : "by Sarah Chayes, Portobello Books, €29.40."}

Early on in this striking and riveting account of life in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes focuses on the hero of her story and the man whose ghost haunts each chapter. Akrem Khakrezwal was the police chief of Kabul and his murder in June 2005 symbolised for Chayes the mistakes made by the new authorities that replaced the debased Taliban and its al-Qaeda allies. She...

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