~By Tarquin. I finally reached Kabul after Christmas by Airbus magic carpet. We glided in over Pakistan and the brown, rugged hills of the North-West Frontier, which gave way to the snow-clad fortress of the Hindu Kush.
It’s little wonder that the Americans haven't been able to find Osama bin Laden & Co. down there. Both geographically and politically, this is extraordinarily wild territory.
The Faqir of Ipi, the Waziri leader who led an insurrection against the British and later the Pakistanis, evaded his enemies in the same terrain for decades. Some 40,000 British and Indian troops spent the 1930s and 40s trying to locate him and his tribesmen and failed.