There is a Taliban congregate in front of the abandoned barracks’ door. They pull their phones from their vest pocket, turn on their flashlights, and shine a light into the eerie darkness. The corridor, as well as the modest, tidy rooms to the left and right, have no windows. One might mistake them for cells if it weren’t for the lovely office furniture and clean restroom facilities.
The rooms, however, are located in a sector of a now-abandoned military post in Shkin, Afghanistan, that was once home to US forces, including CIA officers.
Now that the base has been decommissioned and the Taliban has retaken power, Washington’s capacity to keep track of the many terrorists that remain in the area has been severely hampered.