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FRONTLINE; Kill/Capture



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2914 HD 001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

Behind the strike that killed Osama bin Laden was one of the U.S. military's best-kept secrets: a covert campaign that officials have credited with taking out thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. A six-month investigation by FRONTLINE has gone inside the military’s “kill/capture” operations to discover new evidence of the program’s impact -- and its costs. Under the command of Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. forces are carrying out an unprecedented number of targeted raids using highly classified intelligence, aerial drones and Special Operations Forces. But is the tactic working? In interviews with Gen. Petraeus, his senior commanders and, in rare footage with Taliban leaders and fighters, FRONTLINE producers Dan Edge (The Wounded Platoon) and Stephen Grey (Extraordinary Rendition) explore the logic behind the kill/capture policy and its consequences. Traveling into the lawless border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, FRONTLINE tells the story from the perspective of Afghan civilians, U.S. troops and the Taliban militants they are pursuing. After almost 10 years of fighting, this film examines the question: will kill/capture help end the war in Afghanistan?

A FRONTLINE production with Mongoose Pictures/Quicksilver Media in association with Ch 4



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Kill/Capture,” 05/10/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197AB7392258426E8EC1F1E6E6765B25.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Kill/Capture.” 05/10/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197AB7392258426E8EC1F1E6E6765B25>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Kill/Capture. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197AB7392258426E8EC1F1E6E6765B25
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