The newest trend on the streets of Kabul may seem an unlikely proposition: alcohol-free beer.

Alcohol-free beer booms in Kabul markets.
Alcohol-free beer booms in Kabul markets.

Vendors in the ‘Bush Bazaar’ (so dubbed because it was a place to score US military items during the height of the US occupation of Afghanistan) have recently been selling out of alcohol-free beer, which is purportedly sourced from western military bases and resold on the black market. Shopkeepers say the beverage is a popular choice in Afghanistan because it allows locals to enjoy western tastes without shirking the country’s strict Islamic laws and values. Read more: rferl.org

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