My Night With Afghanistan’s Only Female Warlord, Commander Pigeon | New Republic “She killed for hours and stole weapons from corpses. There were bodies everywhere. No man questioned her.” Holy shit. Be forewarned: this article is a walk on the dark side. Lot of grim stuff described therein. (thanks to Laurie Scott for sending this... Read more »
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