16 October 2009

Four mules mosey through 'a place best avoided'

Ten French soldiers were killed last year in a brutal firefight in the Surobi district, east of Kabul, where these unburdened mules head for their next job. The incident is the focus of a European investigation involving a "bribe the tribes" strategy, allegedly maintained by the Italian military. "Sarobi is a scenic spot with an ugly reputation," reports Tom Coghlan.

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