The New Yorker07/12/2012By Dexter Filkins[Printer Friendly Version]
This week in the magazine, I wrote an article about the fate of Afghanistan after the U.S. leaves. Here is a sample of the many ads for the Afghan Army that are being shown around the country. With American support and money, the Afghan government is recruiting and training an enormous force of police and soldiers—about three hundred and fifty thousand men and women—to take over the fight against the Taliban. By the end of 2014, the United States and its allies will be mostly gone. While there will still be some Americans there to help with training, the Afghans will largely be on their own.