Bullets and Burqas

With no men left to fight, rural Afghanistan's women must take up arms against IS and the Taliban

Bullets and Burqas Years of war have left many of Afghanistan's remote rural communities devoid of young men to defend villages from IS and Taliban insurgencies. Recently the two groups have formed a shaky alliance, and as a result, Afghanistan's government has turned to recruiting women to form militias capable of staving off attacks on their homes. What they lack in military drilling they make up for with hatred for their enemy, many of them having lost sons and husbands to the insurgent groups.

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