The Afghan Cops’ Marijuana Trees

A war photo a day #25

The Afghan Cops’ Marijuana Trees The Afghan Cops’ Marijuana Trees

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David Axe photo The Afghan Cops’ Marijuana Trees A war photo a day #25 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I... The Afghan Cops’ Marijuana Trees
David Axe photo

The Afghan Cops’ Marijuana Trees

A war photo a day #25

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In the fall of 2009 I traveled to eastern Afghanistan, where eight years into the war the U.S. was finally adding the tens of thousands of additional troops required to patrol far-flung villages. In Logar province, U.S. and Afghan troops patrolled alongside local cops whose whose priorities occasionally conflicted with the soldiers’.

Tending and smoking their marijuana, for one. Outside the Baraki Barak police station we happened upon a sizable weed crop. Taller than most of us, these weren’t marijuana plants—they were practically trees.