7/18/2012 Almar District, Faryab Province, Afghanistan
A massive dust devil spun it’s way across the landscape in Almar district of Faryab province, where insecurity has increased in the past year.

Faryab, one of the least secure, and remote provinces in Afghanistan’s Northwest will soon see the departure of NATO forces, namely a Norwegian contingent. The withdrawal is taking place at a time when security in the province is deteriorating, according to local officials, as a complex mix of Taliban infiltration, and local ethnic feuds over land and power between powerful Uzbek warlords, backed by General Dostum, and their Pashtun neighborsñfeared to be Taliban waiting to rise up once western troops have left, are on the rise.