America in Afghanistan since 2001

An Afghan resident walks past a graffiti slogan against the presidential election in the city of Herat on April 3, 2014. Afghans vote on April 5 for a successor to Hamid Karzai.

Carlotta Gall talks about reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan since shortly after 9/11 and gives a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage. Her book The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014, combines personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of ordinary Afghanis who have endured war for more than a decade.