Today I went on a one-day trip to Farah. It's the biggest province in Afghanistan but literally has a population of fewer than one million people. Flying over it is like flying over the far side of Mars:
The airport has one dirt runway, a water tower, and a gun tower:
Unfortunately, I couldn't take any pictures in the "city," since I was traveling in an MRAP convoy, with a helmet and body armor. Necessary, but very uncomfortable.
Heading back, after a long and dusty day:
A very 24th-and-Mission Christmas
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