A week later he was transferred by helicopter to the U.S. prison at Bagram airfield. He would spend the next 2 1/2 years in detention — a dramatic reversal for a man who once was the closest thing the United States had to a friend in this shadowy corner of Afghanistan.
Despite their working together, the Americans had remained wary of Temour — and he learned the hard way that he could not trust them.
His is a murky tale of alliance, betrayal and, ultimately, redemption that traces the arc of the United States’ longest war.
The Americans who invaded Afghanistan in 2001 found an insular society hardened by Soviet occupation, civil war and Taliban rule. Into this land of gaunt, inscrutable faces came Temour, with his round belly, Bob Marley tunes on the car stereo, and fluent, lilting English that to U.S. forces must have sounded like its own kind of music.