These Bracelets Are Made by War Widows in Afghanistan

A year after Bonnie Carroll's husband, U.S. Army brigadier general Tom Carroll, died, she devoted her life to caring for those who’d lost loved ones from war. For widowed women in Afghanistan, this called for more than emotional support.

Kelly Bastone
May 11, 2019

Inside the First Afghan Women's Ascent of Mount Noshaq

In July, a group of Afghan women set out to climb 24,580-foot Mount Noshaq, their country’s highest mountain. No Afghan woman had ever reached the summit, and many challenges stood in their way, from hostile Afghan men who think that women shouldn’t exercise, to the terrorist attack in a district near the peak two days before the climb began. This is their story.

Theresa Breuer
Apr 8, 2019

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