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Behind Taliban Lines
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2813 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

See also segment title: Pakistan: The Lost Generation for additional assets.

This past Fall, an Afghan video journalist negotiated extraordinary access to a part of the country that has quietly reverted back to Taliban control. For close to two weeks, the journalist traveled a region that he found was now largely under control of the Taliban "shadow" government. He also tracked members of an insurgent cell working with members of Al Qaeda on a mission to sabotage a major U.S./NATO supply route. As the new U.S. strategy focuses on the south and eastern parts of the country, this film opens up a window onto a potential new front in the north and sheds an important light on who's fighting the U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and why.

Najibullah Quraishi is a veteran Afghan journalist. An interview conducted with Quraishi on Feb. 1, 2010 was videotaped for the website.

Also in this hour: a report from Pakistan on the country's troubled public school system which is among the worst in the world, despite years of U.S. aid.

A Clover Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE in association with Ch4



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Behind Taliban Lines,” 02/18/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21B56FD50D61491AB3C0E14E8CE06B6A.
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APA: FRONTLINE; Behind Taliban Lines. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21B56FD50D61491AB3C0E14E8CE06B6A
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