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Food aplenty in Kabul's shops, but few buyers

Taliban make women cover up, while their soldiers chase anti-lice creams

A man sits at the entrance of his shop in Kabul on Feb. 8.   © AP

KABUL -- When the Taliban took over Kabul in August, Ismat, a shopkeeper, stocked up with piles of burqas. For older Afghans, the sight of numerous checkpoints and fighters armed with newly acquired American weapons revived memories of women rushing to buy the all-enveloping garment during the previous Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001.

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