'A Friend of Mine Died in Afghanistan'

The Arghandab River runs from the foothills of the Hindu Kush Mountains into the plains of Kandahar. Ancient irrigation tunnels and canals carry the water into the valley and turn the desert into surprisingly rich farmland. The area west of the city of Kandahar, called Zhari, looks like California's Central Valley. It's close to harvest season and the grape vines are full and laden with sweet purple grapes. The vines sit high in tall mounds of earth so the water from the Arghandab can run...Full Story
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