In a compound some two miles square, surrounded
by razor wire and guard towers, on a hillside
three miles north east of the airport and six
from Kabul’s centre, are rows of burnt out cars
and pick-ups. Beneath the vehicles
are solidified pools of molten metal.
Elsewhere in the compound are the ruins
of a mock-up village used to train
operatives to carry out night terror raids.
The recreational block is intact.
Inside are unfinished meals and abandoned
games of chess.