‘There’s Something Here’ — The Expatriates Sticking It Out In Afghanistan

KABUL — The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan drew in a huge wave of international aid workers, diplomats, and security contractors to Kabul. But the capital’s “Kabubble,” as it was known, burst when most international troops pulled out at the end of 2014.

Despite fears that the withdrawal of international troops would leave a security vacuum that could lead to a rise of deadly attacks, a small number of foreigners have committed to riding it out in their adopted home.

We spoke to three longtime expatriates about the enduring appeal of life in the Afghan capital.