The unstoppable Matthieu Aikins (who wrote for Legion Magazine here) has filed another great piece about Afghanistan, this one chronicling the inside story of the siege of the American embassy on Sept. 13 last year. It’s a very solid and interesting piece of reporting and it tells quite a tale. Here’s a representative snippet:
At around 1 p.m., the gray van pulled to a halt in front of the tower. The passengers in back, who had thrown off their burkas, rolled open the sliding door and spilled out onto the pavement. They fired their assault rifles into the chest of first one traffic cop, then the other. A stray bullet killed a taxi driver circling the roundabout, and suddenly everyone on the street knew what was coming, had heard these sounds before, and was scrambling to escape—drivers jumping from their cars, the money changers abandoning their bicycles, shopkeepers hurriedly pulling down their shutters and fleeing out the back door.