Dispatches from the Afghan front

Dispatches from the Afghan front

Friday February 22nd 2008

The death toll from two days of militant bombings in Kandahar province neared 140 after a suicide car bomb exploded in a crowded market on February 18. These attacks, the bloodiest since 2001, follow Condoleezza Rice’s recent visit to Afghanistan as she bolstered a bid by George Bush to expand the country’s ‘war on terror’. Today, over 40,000 Nato troops are on the ground there, as well as a clutch of foreign news correspondents. Jerome Starkey is one of these. He is adamant that this vast country – five times the area of England – is a place that even a hardened war correspondent can learn to love
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