For a town that more than 20 British soldiers died to protect, Musa Qala has not much to offer. A shabby, sunbaked place in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, its people still live as they did generations ago: growing poppies, and quietly trading in opium.
Yet less than a year on from the withdrawal of British soldiers from Helmand, the one aspect of life in Musa Qala that they fought to banish looks like returning. The Taliban – for whom the town’s opium riches have long made it a key prize – are back.
None of it was worth it. All a waste.