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Afghanistan

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

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.

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