The graves of martyrs, or shahids, are pilgrimage destinations in Afghanistan and in the tribal territories. 2002
 

Among those who follow central Asian politics, Waziristan is considered a center of anti-American resistance and is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental of the tribal areas. Innumerable Saudi, Chechen and other Muslim-sympathetic fighters have been funneled through its madrassas. Entire villages made up only of women and minor children celebrate the martyrdom of their men who died fighting American forces for their conservative religious beliefs. The landscape is desert and dry, and communities marry within each other. Typical homes have tall walls around them, and built in turrets, or holes through which guns can be shot.

 

Because of its isolation, Waziristan is a touch point for fighters from countries from across the Muslim world. In recent years, tens of thousands of fighters have been welcomed here on their journey to the front lines where they'll fight their perceived anti-Muslim enemies. 2002

 

Among those who follow central Asian politics, Waziristan is considered a center of anti-American resistance and is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental of the tribal areas. Innumerable Saudi, Chechen and other Muslim-sympathetic fighters have been funneled through its madrassas. Entire villages made up only of women and minor children celebrate the martyrdom of their men who died fighting American forces for their conservative religious beliefs. The landscape is desert and dry, and communities marry within each other. Typical homes have tall walls around them, and built in turrets, or holes through which guns can be shot.

 

Homes in Waziristan, like many in Pakistan's tribal territories, are surrounded by huge walls. Because this area is so isolated, men take it upon themselves to defend their families from thieves or anyone else who may attack them. 2002

 

Among those who follow central Asian politics, Waziristan is considered a center of anti-American resistance and is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental of the tribal areas. Innumerable Saudi, Chechen and other Muslim-sympathetic fighters have been funneled through its madrassas. Entire villages made up only of women and minor children celebrate the martyrdom of their men who died fighting American forces for their conservative religious beliefs. The landscape is desert and dry, and communities marry within each other. Typical homes have tall walls around them, and built in turrets, or holes through which guns can be shot.

 

Children play in their family compound's courtyard. Waziristan is geographically isolated and incredibly traditional. 2002

 

Among those who follow central Asian politics, Waziristan is considered a center of anti-American resistance and is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental of the tribal areas. Innumerable Saudi, Chechen and other Muslim-sympathetic fighters have been funneled through its madrassas. Entire villages made up only of women and minor children celebrate the martyrdom of their men who died fighting American forces for their conservative religious beliefs. The landscape is desert and dry, and communities marry within each other. Typical homes have tall walls around them, and built in turrets, or holes through which guns can be shot.

 
Visitors decorate shahids' graves with ribbon, flags and bits of mirror. Pilgrims eat the rock salt kept in jars nearby and so keep the dead close. 2002
 

Among those who follow central Asian politics, Waziristan is considered a center of anti-American resistance and is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental of the tribal areas. Innumerable Saudi, Chechen and other Muslim-sympathetic fighters have been funneled through its madrassas. Entire villages made up only of women and minor children celebrate the martyrdom of their men who died fighting American forces for their conservative religious beliefs. The landscape is desert and dry, and communities marry within each other. Typical homes have tall walls around them, and built in turrets, or holes through which guns can be shot.

 

This mud home in Waziristan is typical and has a few bits of furniture reserved for visiting guests. 2002

 

Among those who follow central Asian politics, Waziristan is considered a center of anti-American resistance and is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental of the tribal areas. Innumerable Saudi, Chechen and other Muslim-sympathetic fighters have been funneled through its madrassas. Entire villages made up only of women and minor children celebrate the martyrdom of their men who died fighting American forces for their conservative religious beliefs. The landscape is desert and dry, and communities marry within each other. Typical homes have tall walls around them, and built in turrets, or holes through which guns can be shot.