Thomas Gibbons-Neff
Thomas Gibbons-Neff
Correspondent in Afghanistan for @nytimes. USMC vet. Thomas.Gibbons-Neff@protonmail.comSource
Kabul, Afghanistan
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11 Years After Trying to Kill Each Other, a Marine and a Talib Meet Again

11 Years After Trying to Kill Each Other, a Marine and a Talib Meet Again

The tea was hot. The room, oppressive and dusty. And the Taliban commander I sat across from in a bullet-scarred building in southern Afghanistan had tried to kill me a little over a decade ago. As I had tried to kill him. We both remember that morning well: Feb. 13, 2010, Marja district, Helmand Province. We were about the same age: 22. It was very cold. Mullah Abdul Rahim Gulab was part of a group of Taliban fighters trying to defend the district from the thousands of American, coalition and Afghan troops sent to seize what at the time was an important Taliban stronghold. He didn’t...

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