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  • Saving Mes Aynak

    "Saving Mes Aynak" follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure. https://vimeo.com/158548175 Password: KTQprivate
  • Ghost Schools

    In America’s long, bloody, and frustrating war in Afghanistan, the U.S. government has consistently trumpeted one major victory: education. More than a billion dollars was poured into building schools and educating Afghan children, in part to prevent the Taliban from recruiting a new generation of soldiers. But a BuzzFeed News investigation found those claims to be massively exaggerated, riddled with ghost schools, teachers, and students that exist only on paper.
  • ABC News Brian Ross Investigates: Taliban Living Large in Qatar?

    When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity this year, five Taliban senior Taliban leaders were released from Guantanamo and received a hero’s welcome in Qatar, an oil-rich desert oasis country with a spotty record for dealing with terrorism. Amid outrage over the release of these five Taliban members, once considered a high risk to the U.S., ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and Chief Investigative Producer Rhonda Schwartz travelled to the country’s capital of Doha to find out how the Taliban Five were really living.
  • Alex Quade's Taliban-5/Spec Ops Capture & Release

    In her exclusive, war reporter Alex Quade, reveals the original story behind the Special Operations Forces’ capture of one of the Taliban-5. Alex Quade persuaded the elite Operators to go on the record, assess the “high risk” detainee’s exchange for POW, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl; and whether the released Taliban leader will attack U.S. interests again. One highly decorated Green Beret who originally helped capture him, is now a National Security Council counterterrorism head, who worked behind the scenes on the recent exchange. The senior Special Forces officer tells Alex of detainee Mullah Muhammad Fazl’s release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and assesses the government of Qatar’s ability to hold Fazl under the one year travel ban. Former Special Operations “Horse Soldiers” share details with Alex, you’ve never heard before. In Alex Quade’s exclusive, you’ll discover Mullah Fazl’s connection to: convicted “American Taliban” Johnny Walker Lindh; and CIA Agent Mike Spann, the first American killed in action in the war in Afghanistan. You’ll also learn of the released Taliban leader’s ties to former warlord, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum – now the Vice President of Afghanistan.
  • Al Qaeda Reborn: On Europe's Doorstep

    A revolution that began with shots fired at peaceful protesters more than a thousand days ago is now a bloody civil war with no resolution in sight. But for many Syrians in battered rebel-held areas, a new, unimaginable, cruel dystopia has swallowed them. Infiltrating slowly at first, but now controlling many rebel held areas are the men of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Many of them foreigners, they make up a hardline, radical, brutal al Qaeda linked group seeking a Taliban-esque society. It is Islamic law and al Qaeda's most radical followers are now visible from Turkey, a key part of NATO. In almost six months, the group has risen to take control of much of northern Syria, killing those who oppose them. Its power is only increasing. This is the new threat emerging inside Syria.
  • Chinook Down

    In May 2007 - an American Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The crash killed 7-soldiers. NATO officials suggested the helicopter was brought down by small-arms fire. But classified documents released by WikiLeaks reported the helicopter had been "engaged and struck with a missile," suggesting the Taliban had effectively used a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile - a significant development not publicly disclosed before. Alex Quade, a freelance television reporter, was supposed to be on that helicopter, covering a battalion-size air assault mission involving Special Forces, 1/508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. But at the last minute, Quade lost her seat to 2-public affairs officers. She survived to report firsthand on the recovery, including a fierce firefight, and interviewed pilots who reported seeing a missile streaking into the sky and striking the Chinook. Over the years, Quade continued to gather material about the attack on the helicopter, interviewing pilots who provided air support to rescue teams on the ground, obtaining previously unreleased Pentagon documents, via FOIA appeals, and collecting video from soldiers and pilots on the scene. The result of her investigation is a 10-minute video for NYT.com. It is Ms. Quade's Memorial Day tribute to the soldiers she was embedded with, and nearly died with, and a look at the effects of PTSD.
  • What Really Happened at Bari Alai?

    The investigation looks to provide answers to a deadly Taliban attack that received little press attention. The story exposes the tensions that arose between coalition and Afghan forces under austere and stressful conditions, and how growing anger towards American soldiers created an environment of distrust.
  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For

    The book tells the story of how Hamid Karzai came to power as the president of Afghanistan. It recounts of the story of the eleven Green Berets tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of fomenting a rebellion among the Pashtun Tribal belt, against the Taliban during the weeks after September 11, 2001.
  • Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World

    The book examines the Iraqi civil war, its causes and how it came to an end. It provides the persepective of Iraqi militiamen, Iraqi security forces, Iraqi civilians, and American soldiers, officers and officials.
  • "Homegrown Terror"

    In this 60 Minutes broadcast, CBS investigates "homegrown terrorism." The war on terrorism has been heavily focused on Al Qaeda, but individual terrorist who are raised in the U.S. often have little or not contact with the organization. These people often avoid the "law enforcement's radar." This report is intended to provide new insight on the topic of terrorism on U.S. soil.