The mosque in Kabul’s central park flies a massive Taliban flag. This park becomes a social hub for the Taliban on Fridays, when they come to see the sunset and hang out, though they shy away from cameras, wary of war’s return and the implications of their images being public.
In Kandahar, I met with the Taliban’s Minister of Tourism for permission to travel—a protocol in each province.
The Taliban flag, now synonymous with the national flag, is a common sight across Afghanistan.
Our unexpected tour guide in Helmand Province was a Taliban member from the Ministry of Tourism.