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It’s Like the NFL. But with Horses and a Headless Calf.

In buzkashi, Afghanistan’s violent and ancient national pastime, riders battle for control of an animal corpse that they carry toward a goal. Sixteen years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, the sport is dominated by rival warlords who will do anything to maintain power in a turbulent country that once again is up for grabs.

Jason Motlagh
Nov 1, 2017

The Hardest They Come

Our former editor on finding the embodiment of the unkillable idea of literate badass adventure

Hal Espen
Sep 15, 2017