Santiago Lyon Images of Conflict - 1992-1999


In 1996 I was assigned by The Associated Press to photograph the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan and the conflict there. What follows is a selection of images from that assignment.

A Taliban gunner fires his 122mm artillery piece with a roar of noise and flames from his position north of Kabul, Wednesday, October 30, 1996. He was firing at the forces of General Masoud and General Dostum who were attempting an advance on Taliban positions further north. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A Taliban fighter cleans a tank shell before moving towards his front line position north of Kabul Monday, November 11, 1996. Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A truckload full of Afghan refugees and all their belongings makes it's way towards Kabul to escape fighting north of the capital Thursday, October 24, 1996. A lull in the fighting Thursday allowed many villagers to enter the capital with their possessions. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
An unidentified Afghan woman mourns after 3 children were killed in an air raid in Kabul Thursday, October 31, 1996. Five other people were injured in the raid in which two bombs fell on a residential district of the Kabul, dropped by the forces of General Masoud and General Dostum, who are battling the Taliban forces which control Kabul. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Five year-old Masouda lies in a Kabul hospital bed Saturday, November 9, 1996 as she recovers from second degree burns across some 20 per cent of her body, after she was injured by a military flare which exploded near her. She is making a steady recovery, according to doctors. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A young girl peers out from a group of Afghan women wearing the Burqa covering at a Red Cross/Red Crescent (ICRC) distribution centre in Kabul Wednesday, November 13, 1996. The ICRC were distributing flour, coal, stoves, soap, candles and matches to needy people as winter approaches and temperatures drop in the Afghan capital. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A Taliban militiaman checks his AK-47 rifle as he cleans it at a position north of Kabul Friday, November 15, 1996. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Two Taliban fighters sit in the back of their vehicle as they wait for orders at a front line position north of Kabul Saturday, October 26, 1996. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)


Below is a selection of photographs taken for the AP on assignment in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1992, the first year of a siege that would last until 1995 and kill some 10,000 people.

The body of a woman killed by a sniper lies in the street in central Sarajevo Thursday, June 11, 1992, as a car speeds past to avoid sniper fire. The city was mainly quiet with sporadic artillery fire from Serbian forces in the surrounding hills. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A Bosnian militiaman pauses in Sarajevo'’s military graveyard on Tuesday, June 16, 1992, after visiting a friend’'s grave. A cease-fire between Serbian and Bosnian forces was holding, allowing residents of this besieged city to bury their dead and come out onto the streets. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A wounded Sarajevo resident sits in shock next to two other seriously wounded civilians moments after one of several mortar shells landed in central Sarajevo on Monday, June 22, 1992. At least five people were killed and 25 wounded in the late morning shelling. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Young children play with toy guns in front of sand bagged windows on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1992 in Sarajevo. Despite the war around them children in this besieged city still like to imitate their elders and play with toy guns. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Hustling their children down the road, a family leaves their home on a hillside, May 8, 1992 in Sarajevo as Serbs fought Muslims in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
An unidentified Sarajevo resident cleans her balcony on Sunday, June 7, 1992 in Sarajevo, after heavy fighting late Saturday caused heavy damage to the building in the background. Serbian forces continued to shell the town and Bosnian troops responded with fire. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)


After a government-led pyramid scheme collapsed in 1997, many Albanians took to the streets to riot in protest over having lost their life savings and other investments.

An Albanian anti-government demonstrator beats up a riot policeman during clashes in Vlora, Albania, Monday February 10, 1997. Angry crowds threw stones and attacked riot police after a government pyramid scheme collapsed causing many to lose their savings and investments. (AP PHOTO/Santiago Lyon)
An Albanian anti-government protester beats up a bloodstained riot policeman, on ground, during clashes in Vlora, Albania, Monday February 10, 1997. Angry crowds threw stones and attacked police in this southern port city. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Demonstrators, one with a stolen police helmet, throw a policeman onto a fire after beating him and stripping him of his uniform during clashes in Vlora, Albania, on Monday, February 10, 1997, the sixth day of unrest in this southern port city. The man was removed from the fire by bystanders after a few seconds. (AP photo/Santiago Lyon)
An Albanian anti-government rebel points a Kalashnikov rifle at the head of the chief of the Albanian president's bodyguards Adem Hasa Thursday, March 6, 1997 in Memaliaj, southern Albania. The rebels dragged them out of a car, pointed guns at their heads and made them shout "Down with Berisha!" Hasa was led away by the rebels to an undisclosed location. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Two Albanian men use a rope to get aboard a boat leaving for Italy in the Albanian port of Durres, Friday, March 14, 1997 to flee the anarchy that has engulfed this Balkan country in the wake of the collapse of a government-run pyramid scheme. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)


As the break up of the former Yugoslavia continued, Serb forces continued to marginalize and attack ethnic Albanians in the southern province of Kosovo. The Albanians formed the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which set about attacking Serb forces who responded with ethnic cleansing, eventually leading to the NATO bombing of Serb military and political installations. The ensuing Serb attacks on ethnic Albanians forced tens of thousands of them out of Kosovo and into neighboring countries before NATO ground forces entered the region to impose order.

Ethnic Albanian refugees crowd aboard tractors to flee fighting in the Drenica region of Kosovo Sunday, March 21, 1999 as they make their way towards Glogovac, some 25 kms west of Pristina. Serb forces continue to fight Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) fighters on the 2nd day of a renewed Serb offensive. Thousands of civilians are fleeing the fighting. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Shemsie Gashi, the 9 year-old daughter of killed Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) fighter Agim B. Gashi weeps at his funeral in the Kosovo village of Damanek Friday, March 19, 1999. Gashi was killed last week during clashes with Serb forces and was buried along with three other KLA fighters killed at the same time. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
An ethnic Albanian refugee family sit in what was the barn of their house where they are now living in the village of Likoshan, some 35 kms from Pristina, Friday, October 9, 1998. Hundreds of houses were destroyed in recent weeks by Serb forces during an offensive against Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, forcing thousands of civilians into the hills and prompting threats of NATO airstrikes against Serb positions in Kosovo. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Three year-old Mergim Latifi holds a portrait of his dead father Skender Latifi, a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) fighter Wednesday, March 17, 1999 during a funeral in Pagarusa, west of Pristina for 9 KLA members who were killed last week by Serb forces during clashes near the border with Macedonia. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A dead Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) fighter has his face covered by an orderly in the hospital at Bajram Curri in northern Albania, Thursday, April 15, 1999, after he was fatally wounded during recent fighting with Serb forces on the Albania-Kosovo border. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Distraught ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo cry on their tractor trailer after entering Albania from Kosovo at the Morini border crossing Tuesday, May 4, 1999. The refugees spoke of Serb attacks on their convoys as they left Kosovo. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
A group of ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo cry as they wait at the border crossing of Morini, Albania Sunday, March 28, 1999 on a tractor-pulled trailer. The Albanian government said as many as 20,000 refugees had entered the country Saturday. While refugees say they have not seen outright killings, many told stories of a terror campaign against them. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Ethnic Albanian refugees crowd up against a fence in a refugee camp near Kukes, northern Albania as they wait for aid packages to be delivered to them Thursday, May 13, 1999. The packages, distributed by the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates contain items such as blankets, diapers, soap and other essentials. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
Ethnic Albanians from Kosovo cheer British NATO armored vehicles on the road some 30 kms south of Pristina as they make their way towards Pristina Saturday, June 12, 1999, as part of the NATO mission to make Kosovo safe for nearly a million ethnic Albanian refugees to return from neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
An unidentified British NATO soldier holds two ethnic Albanian children as the Albanian population of Pristina greeted NATO troops enthusiastically as they entered various parts of the city Sunday, June 13, 1999. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)
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