As the U.S. military turns the campaign against insurgents over to Afghan forces, the job of moving supplies is shifting from helicopters to a much older form of transport: donkeys.
In the Pech Valley of Afghanistan’s volatile Kunar province, donkeys and their handlers deliver water to Afghan Army Outpost Rocky. The base is supplied exclusively by donkey. As U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, Afghan forces have begun to rely on traditional fighting methods and logistics, rather than the modern technology, including helicopters, that U.S. forces will take back to the United States. Kevin Sieff/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo