The images from Edmund Clark’s project "The Mountains of Majeed" were shot at Bagram Airfield, the largest base used by America to fight the Taliban in its ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ in Afghanistan. In this image, we look under the symbol of our country, past the ambulances used to transport American casualties, to the Hindu Kush range – the birthplace and stronghold of the Islamic extremists.
From 1979 to 1989, the CIA armed and funded the militant Islamic fighters known as mujahidee in an effort to undermine the USSR and its influence in Central Asia. It was one of the most expensive and protracted of the CIA’s covert operations, costing an estimated three billion dollars.
In 1989, when the militants drove the Soviets from Afghanistan, America withdrew its support, but left behind the well-trained and sophisticatedly armed force that would become the Taliban. When, after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. declared war on Afghanistan, it found itself fighting a monster of its own creation.