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Inside the world of an ex-jihadist Afghan warlord

Haji Mohammad Almas Zahid is one of Kabul's most influential men. The former jihadist warlord offered NBC News a rare glimpse inside his heavily-barricaded home.

Ex-jihadist warlord Haji Mohammad Almas Zahid laughs during an interview at his office in Kabul. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
The interior of Almas' home in Kabul, top left, is decorated with a riot of colors, patterns and glitzy furniture. Jamieson Lesko / NBC News
Almas' main bodyguard, right, sits on a sofa at the former Afghan army commander's home in Kabul. Almas worries that his team of 20 bodyguards may not be sufficient to protect him. "The risk is always high. I need at least 50," he says. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
A vehicle from Almas' fleet leaves his Kabul compound. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
Portraits of Almas sit on a nightstand in his bedroom. "Every day of my life is like a book," he says. "If I told you what really happened, you wouldn’t believe me." Jamieson Lesko / NBC News
Almas is building a massive compound in the fields of Parwan province. The complex is known to villagers as "The Palace." Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
Boys in a classroom at a school built by Almas in Parwan province. He says that he has paid for the construction of separate schools for boys and girls. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
The interior of a new mosque in Parwan. Almas says he has spent over $1.75 million of his own money building a mosque, madrassa, medical clinic and two schools. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
Constituents wait to meet with Almas at his Kabul office. Jamieson Lesko / NBC News
Almas, right, meets a tribal elder at his office in Kabul. Jamieson Lesko / NBC News
Almas' head of security, second from right, stands with a group of armed guards outside his Kabul office and residence compound. Jamieson Lesko / NBC News
Two of Almas' sons listen while their father gives an interview. One is a doctor, the other a lawyer. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News
"I've got a lot of bullets in my body," Almas says as he points out his scars, souvenirs from a life spent fighting. Wakil Kohsar / for NBC News