Quality junk food in Kabul? Harder to find now at the legendary Bush Bazaar.

The Bush Bazaar used to be a groaning table of cheap, authentic American goods in the Afghan capital. But with foreign forces down from 140,000 to 10,000, the place is not the same.

By , Correspondent

Max Becherer/Chicago Tribune/MCT/File

Just off one of Kabul’s main thoroughfares and a short walk down a muddy alley sits a tiny, open-air market known as the “Bush Bazaar.” At the height of the US presence in Afghanistan, the Bush Bazaar, named for becoming the go-to shopping destination for Afghans and expatriates looking to buy authentic American goods, from military boots and clothing to Cheez-It crackers.