Fault Lines – On the Front Lines with the Taliban
In this episode of Fault Lines, we gain unprecedented access to report from the Taliban stronghold of Charkh District, just an hour outside the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Reporter Nagieb Khaja follows Taliban fighters as they launch an attack on an Afghan National Army (ANA) base, and investigates what the ANA are up against as foreign troops continue to withdraw.
Khaja follows a dawn raid as the Taliban pound the ANA base with rockets and machine guns, and he witnesses suicide attackers attempt to enter through the main gates. ISAF planes circle overhead, and Khaja is concerned that they will engage. He watches the Taliban deal with losing men and interviews a local Talib about what he does when he is not engaged in warfare.
Fault Lines also interviews Jack Keane, a retired US four-star general, and Kurt Volker, the former US ambassador to NATO (2008 to 2009), to get their analysis on the battle and what the future holds for Afghanistan.
On the Front Lines with the Taliban gives a rare look into the internal workings of the Taliban and illustrates some of the issues facing the Afghan National Army as the US withdraws its troops in 2014.
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