Photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg has been covering Afghanistan since 1988, when the mujahideen were fighting to expel Soviet troops. In Afghanistan: A Distant War, his images tell the stories of military leaders, the Taliban, ordinary citizens, and American soldiers who are only the latest in a long line of occupying forces, most of whom withdrew unhappily. Many of Nickelsberg's photographs show important events or military action, but some of the most affecting portray nothing more than Aghan people trying to get on with their lives.
November 2001: Standing beside a wall bombed by U.S. aircraft in Chowkar Karez, Kandahar province, an Afghan shepherd shouts to his children to lead their flock of goats over to him.
All images taken from Afghanistan: A Distant War, by Robert Nickelsberg (Prestel)