In the Arena

In Taliban Country

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Photograph by Adam Ferguson / VII Mentor for TIME

Tempted to call this…”On the Ground in Afghanistan.” But when I wasn’t falling down on patrol, I managed to report and write this story, which–without making judgments–says a lot, I think, about the difficulties American troops are facing in this war. I’ll have broader observations, and opinions, about the war in a few days, after I do some reporting in Washington.