Afghanistans geographical postion – between the powerful powers of east and west -  has for centuries been its curse. Numerous foreign armies have fought, and died, in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan. These photographs are the result of my work for Swedish newspapers. Before the Taliban took control of the country in 1996 and after they were toppled from power late in 2001. Today the central government, led by Hamid Karzai, formally controls Kabul and the country. However the different groups of clans and alliances that were in place before and during the Taliban is still very much in control outside the political and military reach of Karzai. The curse of Afghanstan continues – now as a battlefield in the war against terrorism.