“I was bombed in Shomali”

BAPTISM BY FIRE “You’ve come here to see the war, so you are going to see it,” Aziz was trying to wake up journalists who had just settled down for yet another night of discomfort and anxiety in the front-line town of Jabal os-Saraj, also known as Jabul Saraj, which Russian-speakers aptly, if somewhat offensively, interpreted as Double Srach (roughly translated as “double shithole”). The town was controlled by Northern Alliance forces opposing the Taliban regime in Kabul 60 kilometers to the south. Taliban positions were less than 20 kilometers away. It was the night of October 7, 2001, and … Continue reading “I was bombed in Shomali”