The First Battle of the 21st Century

At The Atlantic, Charles M. Sennott reports from Qala-i-Jangi, site of the first battle and first American casualty of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. The fortress was the stage of a three-day siege following an uprising of captured Taliban fighters, Sennott reports, which ended in a strange mix of medieval and modern warfare. “In retrospect, that battle at Qala-i-Jangi offered Americans an early glimpse of the complexity, contradictions, and shifting allegiances of Afghanistan,” where even now the Taliban is gaining power, Sennott writes.

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