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      Kevin Sites

      War Correspondent

      Kevin Sites has spent the past decade reporting on global war and disaster for ABC, NBC, CNN, and Yahoo! News. He is currently reporting for VICE in Afghanistan during fighting season.

      By Kevin Sites Oct 14, 2013

      Swimming with Warlords

      I returned to Afghanistan in June for my fifth visit, on the eve of America's 2014 planned withdrawal, to attempt to understand what had happened to the country in the 12 years since I first set foot there and what might happen this time, after I left.

      By Kevin Sites Oct 14, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Aug 2, 2013

      The Kabul Zoo Is a Rare Afghan Success Story

      The tale of Marjan the lion became an entry point for many Americans in understanding the larger story of Afghanistan. It was a narrative of war, hardship, and survival presented through a battle-scarred symbol of the Afghan people, their outlast-them-all…

      By Kevin Sites Aug 2, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 30, 2013

      Anatomy of a Mortar Attack

      US Army Private First Class Brian Wintering and Specialist Shannon Kelley were hanging around their heavily armored vehicle known as an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) when the round hit. Wintering and Kelley scrambled to get to the combat aid stat…

      By Kevin Sites Jul 30, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 29, 2013

      Afghanistan's Game of Drones

      Geography rules in eastern Afghanistan. Rugged mountains and rocky plains make it a difficult trek for people, but well-suited for drones. The Shadow 200, made by the AAI Corporation, is the width of a garage door. Depending on its configuration, it can w…

      By Kevin Sites Jul 29, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 26, 2013

      The Enduring Art of Afghanistan

      Despite the conflict and the former Taliban regime, who opposed the depiction of any human or animal forms in photographs, drawings, or paintings, art has not only survived in Afghanistan, but has re-emerged as a creative and provocative force in Kabul.

      By Kevin Sites Jul 26, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 22, 2013

      Afghanistan's Opium Plague

      In West Kabul there is a bridge called Pul-sokhta where hundreds of Afghan drugs addicts gather to shoot up heroin, smoke, buy, and sell drugs or nod off after using. Raw sewage flows openly under the bridge and garbage covers nearly every inch of ground…

      By Kevin Sites Jul 22, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 19, 2013

      Afghanistan's Skate Camp for Kids

      Fareed Wahidi is tearing it up. The 16-year old Afghan looks like he was born on a deck, plunging down a steep ramp and blasting off the other side. Until two years ago he'd never seen a real skateboard. Now he makes it look like part of his body.

      By Kevin Sites Jul 19, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 16, 2013

      Afghanistan's Great Wall of Bones

      The wall's creation story is a dark one. King Zamburak in the sixth century was said to have been a brutal monarch, forcing all his male subjects to work on the wall, which runs along the Sher Darwaza mountains. Those who refused were said to have been ki…

      By Kevin Sites Jul 16, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 15, 2013

      Confessions of a Taliban Fighter

      "If I met you a few years ago, I would've killed you. Killing [was] the first option, because we were really angry with the foreigners. We would use a Kalashnikov (AK-47) to kill you. And we would be very happy, because it was really good for us to kill a…

      By Kevin Sites Jul 15, 2013
      By Kevin Sites Jul 5, 2013

      Swimming with Warlords

      Nabi Gechi is a killer and a warlord, a militia commander in Afghanistan formerly paid by NATO who fights the Taliban and taxes the local population in exchange for the security he provides them. I visited him at his compound recently and went swimming wi…

      By Kevin Sites Jul 5, 2013