A new Afghanistan?
(I really hope the best for that country. They’ve been at war too long.)
Afghan National Army soldiers Mohammed Khan, Noor Ali, Abdul Bashir, Noor Alam, wearing the unit’s single helmet, and Abdul Basir, stand together at the Chinari outpost in Logar province, east Afghanistan. Most of the troops in this unit say they enlisted because they love their country, and because the $250 monthly salaries offer a way out of poverty. They all say they dream of peace and prosperity for their homeland after 30 years of war. And add they are disappointed that after 11 years and billions of dollars, so little development has taken place, peace has eluded them and corruption is rife among their leaders. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)