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FRONTLINE; Return of The Taliban


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Return of The Taliban
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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

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FRONTLINE reports from the lawless Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and reveals how the area has fallen under the control of a resurgent Taliban militia which uses the territory as a launching pad for its attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Off limits to U.S. troops by agreement with Pakistan's military ruler, President General Pervez Musharraf, the Taliban have declared two tribal agencies, North and South Waziristan, as Taliban republics-in spite of the fact that Pakistan has sent over 70,000 troops there. Long suspected of harboring Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri, the area is now a failed state. Journalists, government officials and aid workers risk their lives daily. More than 130 pro-government tribal elders have been assassinated since 2004. Car bombs and IEDs are common and most Pakistani troops are afraid to patrol the roads. General Musharraf tells FRONTLINE reporter Martin Smith that Pakistan's strategy, which includes cash payments to militants as incentives to lay down arms, has clearly failed. Afghan officials and U.S. government emissaries accuse General Musharraf of either not doing enough, or worse, playing a double game. Little understood because it is off limits to most observers, FRONTLINE investigates a secret front in the War on Terror.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Return of The Taliban,” 09/30/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_327C335696F849D1933C5403B3481E3C.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Return of The Taliban.” 09/30/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_327C335696F849D1933C5403B3481E3C>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Return of The Taliban. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_327C335696F849D1933C5403B3481E3C
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