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For Kevin Sieff's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan sees world's biggest garage sale

Oct 23, 2013

U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan sees world's biggest garage sale

The armored trucks, televisions, ice cream scoops and nearly everything else shipped to Afghanistan for the U.S. war against the Taliban are now part of the world’s biggest garage sale: Every week, as the American troop drawdown accelerates, the U.S. is selling 5.4 million ...

Few winners in Afghan village flattened by U.S.

Sep 1, 2013

Few winners in Afghan village flattened by U.S.

It took 22,500 kg of American explosives to level Niaz Mohammad’s village. It had become a Taliban stronghold, a virtual factory for bombs that killed and maimed American soldiers. At the height of the U.S. offensive in late 2010, commanders chose what they considered ...

Guard Afghanistan's most sacred artifact at one's peril

Jan 1, 2013

Guard Afghanistan's most sacred artifact at one's peril

For 250 years, Masood Akhundzada’s family has protected Afghanistan’s most sacred artifact: a cloak said to have been worn by the Prophet Muhammad. Its power drew Afghan kings and presidents and Taliban leaders to a small, blue shrine in a city conquered by Alexander ...