Taliban encounter Afghan cities remade in their absence
August 18, 2021
Ezanullah, one of thousands of young Taliban fighters from the countryside who rode into Afghanistan's capital over the weekend, had never seen anything like it.
The paved streets of Kabul were lined with towering apartment blocks, glass office buildings and shopping malls. The plush furniture inside the Interior Ministry was like "something I thought of in a dream," said the 22-year-old fighter from the country's mountainous east.
He said he plans to ask his commander if he can stay. "I don't want to leave," he said.
The encounter highlights how much Kabul and other Afghan cities have chan...