In a shura, these men have gathered in the former Taliban Governor's palace in Jalalabad, Afghanistan to determine the political future of Jalalabad province.  They will also determine which of the warlords, all hopeful of full control of the province, will be awarded power.  Among moments of relative peace, guns and fire-power are frequent sights throughout the province, and the struggle for power still continues. 2001
 

Hours after the Northern Alliance tentatively pushed through Jalalabad, the town’s elders formed a junta to determine the new ruling order. A few days later, the Taliban regrouped and took control of both the road form the Khyber Pass to Jalalabad and the road to Kabul out of Jalalabad. In the years since, international aid has helped rebuild the city’s infrastructure, but it remains an area sympathetic to dissent.

 

A soldier inspects a burned out building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan shortly after American forces pushed out the Taliban. Among moments of relative peace, guns and fire-power are frequent sights throughout the province, and the struggle for power still continues. 2001

 

Hours after the Northern Alliance tentatively pushed through Jalalabad, the town’s elders formed a junta to determine the new ruling order. A few days later, the Taliban regrouped and took control of both the road form the Khyber Pass to Jalalabad and the road to Kabul out of Jalalabad. In the years since, international aid has helped rebuild the city’s infrastructure, but it remains an area sympathetic to dissent.

 

A man rides on the back of a truck on the Jalalabad-Kabul road just outside of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Ordinance from decades of war, including tanks and land mines, litter the side of the road. Among moments of relative peace, guns and fire-power are frequent sights throughout the province, and the struggle for power still continues. 2001

 

Hours after the Northern Alliance tentatively pushed through Jalalabad, the town’s elders formed a junta to determine the new ruling order. A few days later, the Taliban regrouped and took control of both the road form the Khyber Pass to Jalalabad and the road to Kabul out of Jalalabad. In the years since, international aid has helped rebuild the city’s infrastructure, but it remains an area sympathetic to dissent.