Guest of the Taliban: inside an insurgency

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A group of Afghan insurgents invited “Frontline” journalist Najibullah Quraishi to go deep into the Taliban territory of the Baghlan province, so that he could document their mission to kill American and German forces working in the region.

Quraishi’s camera rolled as insurgents planted IEDs along the main road from the northern provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz to the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand. He spoke to Afghan civilians who say they support the insurgents because they provide a governmental structure that is lacking in their villages. We find out what Quraishi and his producer Jamie Doran learned about the insurgents and their increasing power in this new front in the Afghan war.

Watch a clip of Quraishi’s story on PBS’s Frontline documentary “Behind Taliban Lines.”

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