PBS FRONTLINE airs “Behind Taliban Lines,” “The Lost Generation” tonight

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Tonight PBS airs “Behind Taliban Lines” and “The Lost Generation.”  Be a part of the discussion here.

This past fall, veteran Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi negotiated extraordinary access to a militant cell in northern Afghanistan with longtime ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. For 10 days, Quraishi would live among the hard-core fighters of Hezb-i-Islami’s “Central Group” as they attempt to bomb a highway that has become a vital new coalition supply route.
“I was thinking that I’m going to meet a group of Taliban,” Quraishi tells FRONTLINE. “I was thinking, this is the time which I came myself to enemy. I was thinking they might not let me go back.”
In Behind Taliban Lines, airing Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the growing insurgency in Afghanistan—a first-ever film among these militants as they travel from village to village, picking up support and weapons, imposing sharia law and collecting taxes as they open up a new battlefront in Afghanistan’s northern provinces.

Also in this hour: David Montero reports from Pakistan on the country’s troubled public school system, which is among the worst in the world despite years of U.S. aid. “Today there are 68.4 million children between the ages of 5 and 19 in this country,” says Mosharraf Zaidi, a longtime Pakistani school reformer. “Less than 30 million of those kids are in any type of school. … You look at the consequences of these kids not going to school. If you aren’t capable of participating in the global economy, you will be very, very poor. And desperate and extreme poverty has some diabolical consequences for societies and for individuals.”


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