William Reeve

An Unholy Alliance

The Punishment of Virtue

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American journalist Sarah Chayes’s book is primarily a tale of the raw life of Afghan power and politics in Kandahar after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. It begins and ends with the murder of a police chief, Muhammad Akrem Khakrezwal, at a mosque in Kandahar. For Chayes, Khakrezwal was the one Afghan who could sort out the country’s problems. 

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