Fault Lines reports from the Taliban stronghold of Charkh District, just an hour outside Kabul. Reporter Nagieb Khaja gains unprecedented access to Taliban fighters as they attack an Afghan National Army (ANA) base, and he investigates what the ANA are up against as U.S. troops withdraw this year.
Reporter Nagieb Khaja gains unprecedented access to the Taliban as they launch an attack on an Afghan National Army Base in Charkh District, just an hour outside of the Afghan capital Kabul. 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’s not engaged in warfare.
Fault Lines interviews retired U.S. Four-Star General Jack Keane and Kurt Volker, former U.S. 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 U.S. withdraws its troops.
Credits for Clover Films
SENIOR PRODUCER: Jamie Doran CORRESPONDENT: Nagieb Khaja DIRECTOR: Nagieb Khaja PRODUCER: Nagieb Khaja PRODUCER: Tom Greenwood CAMERA: Nagieb Khaja FIELD PRODUCER / 2nd CAMERA: Aziz Ahmad Tassal ADDITIONAL CAMERA: Hamid Mangal TRANSLATION: Ajmal Safi PRODUCTION MANAGER: Tracey Doran-Carter ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Laura Kramer EDITOR: Tom Greenwood ADDITIONAL EDITING: John Moratiel FIXER: Atequllah Masod
Credits for Fault Lines
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mathieu Skene COMMISSIONING PRODUCER: Lucy Kennedy @lucymkennedy SENIOR PRODUCER: Carrie Lozano @carrielozano SENIOR PRODUCER: Reem Akkad @reemakkad SENIOR DIGITAL PRODUCER: Kristen Taylor @kthread PRODUCER: Laila Alarian @LailaAlarian PRODUCER: Nafeesa Syeed @NafeesaSyeed PRODUCER: Samuel Black @potter_black ADDITIONAL CAMERA: Joel Van Haren @joelvanharen, Paul Abowd @PaulAbowd DIGITAL PRODUCER: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PRODUCER: Danielle Powell @DanielleJenene EDITOR: Warwick Meade @warwickmeade EDITOR: Jennifer Beman @jbwpost RESEARCH & PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Melissa Etehad @melissaetehad
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