Related to my recent post on how the Taliban operates a shadow government in Ghazni, here is another update from the New York Times reporter currently embedded with the American troops in Ghazni province which reveals the extent to which the Taliban have infiltrated the region. These pictures highlight how weapons that the American DoD purchases for the Afghan security forces, can end up in the wrong hands, with the result that America is funding both sides of the war. In Ghazni Province, Stacks of Taliban Records and Photographs BY C. J. CHIVERS

Captured photographs, made by Taliban fighters and those who live with them, offer views of the fighters and how they see themselves.

Two fighters with rifles originally issued to the Afghan security forces. These rifles, purchased by the Pentagon, were a common sight in the trove of Ghazni Taliban photographs.

Full slideshow at the New York Times, here.