By the time the last American combat soldier departs Afghanistan, at the end of next year, the country will have been at war for thirty-five years. Here’s a look at photos by Robert Nickelsberg, who travelled to Afghanistan for the first time in January, 1988, to cover the Soviet occupation, and has returned regularly ever since: http://nyr.kr/HxvgRF
Top: May 1990. Young Afghans huddle outside a refugee camp for internally displaced families near Khost, by the Pakistan border.
Bottom-Left: May 1988. An Afghan soldier hands a flag in solidarity to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul on the first day of the army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Bottom-Right: October 1996. Afghan men pray at the main Kabul mosque following the Taliban takeover.
Photographs by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty.