Having witnessed the battle for the town of Garmser in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, Sean Langan goes to meet The Taliban. In this remarkable film he recounts his initial encounter. ‘The commander, a young energetic man who had once been the Taliban regime’s chief of criminal intelligence in Kabul, ushered me into a room. [...]
Correspondent Bill Gentile reports from Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province, where he was embedded for nearly three weeks with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 24th MEU faces an ominous challenge as the Taliban attempts a return to power, in some cases merging with other insurgent groups, and potentially providing safe haven for Al-Qaeda and other [...]
Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan. FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria, through interviews with the top United States military commanders on the ground, embeds with U.S. forces, and fresh reporting from Washington DC, examine the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in war torn Afghanistan and Pakistan – [...]
Following a unit of 35 British soldiers from Queens Company on the frontline in Afghanistan during a six month tour which ended with one of them dead and twelve seriously wounded. This is the personal story of a small band of men facing the biggest challenge of their lives and features dramatic footage of the [...]
Following on from his BAFTA-shortlisted Panorama programme Taking on the Taliban, Ben caught up with 24-year-old Lance Corporal Jack Mizon of the Queen’s Company, Grenadier Guards. Jack was a hero in Afghanistan, honoured for his bravery after his involvement in some of the fiercest fighting in the territory that left two of his fellow soldiers [...]
The British Commander on the ground admits that the war against the Taliban cannot be won by force alone in this eye-opening assessment of our progress in the Afghanistan conflict. Propaganda footage of suicide bombings, roadside explosions and equipment seized from British troops shows how the Taliban’s tactics have changed. Alastair Leithead, who has spent [...]
Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely [...]
The film is a troubling examination of what happens to soldiers when they come back from active service only to discover that their experiences have left them psychologically scarred. It is an unflinching look at the nature of post-traumatic stress disorder, and at the shocking culture of neglect that allows these young men’s suffering to [...]
Norwegian journalist Paul Refsdal risked his life to become the first Westerner to film behind Taliban lines in Afghanistan, and see the war between the allied forces and the insurgency from the Taliban’s viewpoint. Now Dateline brings you his remarkable story, as Paul witnesses several ambushes of US troops on the Khyber Pass, and films [...]
Documentary which gains an unprecedented insight into the lives of the Parachute Regiment’s elite reconnaissance platoon, accompanying them on an arduous six-month tour of Afghanistan, “the most dangerous place on Earth”. Based in Helmand Province, these men have never been filmed before. No ordinary soldiers, their expertise lies in their ability to survive long periods [...]
The first Battalion of the Royal Regiment endured six months of hell in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Nine men were killed and scores wounded. With the help of dramatic combat footage, Robert Lindsay tells the story of an emotional journey from the battlefield to Buckingham Palace where the men’s heroism will be honoured.
The C-17 Globemaster is one of the world’s largest military transport aircraft, capable of carrying anything from tanks and helicopters to troops and supplies. But when the emergency call comes the plane is transformed into a hospital with everything needed to bring often terribly wounded service personnel home to their families in less than 36 [...]
Fighting The Taliban is the exclusive first-hand account of one of the longest battles fought by British soldiers in Afghanistan. When John Reid dispatched British forces to Helmand province on a “peace keeping” mission he expected them to achieve their goals “without firing a shot”. Dispatches reveals how the war on terror is really being [...]
This past fall, Najibullah Quraishi, an Afghan video journalist negotiated extraordinary access to a part of the country that has quietly reverted back to Taliban control. For close to two weeks, the journalist traveled a region that he found was now largely under control of the Taliban “shadow” government. He also tracked members of an [...]
A documentary about Dutch commandos working in southern Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. Video 1 of 6 missing.
Amid battle scenes that have been described by one commander as the most intense “since the Korean War,” the BBC’s Alastair Leithead, award-winning cameraman Fred Scott and field producer Peter Emmerson spent nine days with U.K. forces in a remote area of southern Afghanistan. There they found themselves under the constant risk of ambush and [...]
In A Very British Hero, Christina Schmid – the widow of army bomb disposal expert Oz Schmid – reveals how the Army is failing in its duty of care to this tiny elite band of soldiers who are at the very forefront of the war in Afghanistan. In this specially-authored Panorama, she examines how Oz [...]
Documentary about the secretive world of private military companies. Included is a unique interview in Kabul’s Polecharki jail with the infamous American prisoner Jack Idema – an ex Marine Special Forces soldier who turned rogue. Jack was hunting for Bin Laden in the hope of winning the 2 million dollars U.S. award offered for Bin [...]
Following the controversial Blackwater shootout in Iraq, the role of private military contractors was thrust once again into the spotlight. There’s no denying that the rise of the private military contractor is transforming the way we wage war. They earn four times more than regular soldiers, act with impunity and – in Iraq – outnumber [...]
As the latest Nato-Afghan push against the Taliban gets underway, the spotlight is turned onto the young medical teams struggling to save lives and keep up morale in remote outposts. Two-thirds of those serving in Afghanistan were still in school when the US declared war on the Taliban eight years ago. A young surgeon tells [...]
This beautifully crafted documentary concentrates on the Soviet experience and subtly casts a shadow on the conflict today. Its indirect authority makes the resonance with today’s experience all the stronger: ‘The Trap’ is too powerful and relevant to ignore. It was ten years before Soviet powers finally pulled out of Afghanistan, during which 13,000 Russian [...]
This piece offers powerful Images of Russia’s military involvement in Afghanistan. We see Soviet military airfields, travel in helicopters over the harsh, mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, and witness Russian air strikes and ground assaults on the enemy. During the tank drive along the “Road of Life” from the Soviet border to Kabul, we pass alternately [...]
Whilst embedded as a journalist in Afghanistan, John D McHugh was shot in the chest. From that moment on he wanted to show what life is really like for US troops there. From managing a dysfunctional Afghan army, to countering sophisticated Taliban attacks, to disposing of their own excrement – this intimate documentary brings together [...]
This pioneering film illuminates the extraordinary experiences of American servicemen and women through their own powerful stories. Based on the acclaimed NEA-sponsored book of the same name, this eloquent and moving (Entertainment Weekly) film offers a profound look at the lives of those serving in America s armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Distinguished actors [...]
In a remote outpost in south-central Afghanistan, a group of Americans stand in the breach between the rule of law and the rule of terror. They are Green Berets, part of an elite division of the U.S. Army Special Forces, charged with protecting local civilians from the wrath of the Taliban. For this film, the [...]
In this critically acclaimed series Ross Kemp joins his father’s old regiment, 1 Royal Anglian, and travels to Britain’s frontline in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to experience for himself the British Army’s fight against the Taliban. Filmed during the summer of 2007, Ross dodges the bullets to witness and endure the worst fighting British troops have [...]
Perhaps the most dangerous job in the world is being a truck driver in war-torn Afghanistan.This extraordinary series uncovers the gritty reality of the heroic Road Warriors who must transport their explosive cargo on a range of specially designed, high tech, armoured trucks to the frontline. With amazing access to the British armed forces the [...]
Ross Kemp returns to Afghanistan in this sequel to the award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary series Ross Kemp in Afghanistan. Regarded as one of the most significant pieces of television on the conflict so far, Ross Kemp Return to Afghanistan continues to be an eye-opening account of a soldier’s life on Britain’s frontline. In the [...]
In Commando: On the Front Line director Chris Terrill embarks on a courageous 12-month journey to Afghanistan alongside Britain’s most elite front line troops–the Royal Marine Commandos. A division of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marine Commando directs the most physically and mentally challenging training regime of any military contingent in the United Kingdom, and [...]
The men of the RAF’s 27 Squadron are in Afghanistan for a tour of duty. For two months, they will be flying missions around the notorious frontline of Helmand Province, where British troops are engaged daily in ferocious battles with a resurgent Taliban. In this intimate film featuring cockpit footage, we follow the pilots and [...]
A remote army outpost at the Afghan-Pakistan border affords an insight into the lives of Afghan soldiers and the US trainers trying to equip them to defend their country. An extraordinarily intimate portrait of the realities of modern warfare and a rare insight into the beliefs and motivations of Afghan soldiers, civilians and Taliban supporters [...]
Amid battle scenes that have been described by one commander as the most intense “since the Korean War”, the BBC’s Alastair Leithead, award-winning cameraman Fred Scott and field producer Peter Emmerson spent nine days embedded with UK forces in southern Helmand province, facing the risk of ambush and attack.
Afghanistan, war in the Hindu Kush, a war fought by the Soviet Union to prevent the spread of Islamic Fundamentalism. Like Vietnam, a conflict dominated by the helicopter gunship. Unlike Vietnam, a hit and run guerilla war not all rebels could agree how to win and one fought under often atrocious conditions for which the [...]
Interesting documentary about the Soviet Afghan War that also focuses briefly on the history of Afghanistan.
Combat School is a documentary series that follows – for the first time ever – Canadian infantry soldiers as they undergo the most technologically-advanced, intense and realistic combat training in military history. Granted unprecedented access, the cameras go directly to the heart of modern warfare by following a platoon of 40 men and women from [...]
When soldiers are injured on the frontline in Afghanistan, it’s the para jumpers that have to go in by helicopter and rescue them from the battlefield. It’s a nightmare job – retrieving horribly injured colleagues, while coming under more attack themselves. Sean Smith from The Guardian spent a month and a half in Afghanistan, seeing [...]
In 1988, 10 years after they arrived, the Soviet army began to pull out Afghanistan, having fought – and lost – an unwinnable war. Veterans of the war returned home after what was deemed to be a crude political mistake. Soviet World War Two veterans were celebrated as glorious heroes. Afghantsi were simply ignored. Interviews [...]
Britain’s war in Afghanistan has cost more than 300 soldiers’ lives and billions of pounds, and left thousands wounded. The effects on those who serve are profound, just as they are for the loved ones who wait at home. This programme follows A Company, 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment for a year – before, during, [...]
Armadillo is an upfront account of growing cynicism and adrenaline addiction for young soldiers at war. Mads and Daniel are on their first mission in Helmand, Afghanistan. Their platoon is stationed in Camp Armadillo, right on the Helmand frontline, fighting tough battles against the Taliban. The soldiers are there to help the Afghan people, but [...]
In February 2010, US Marines launched the biggest operation since the start of the war in Afghanistan: Operation Mushtaraq. Bravo’s Deadly Mission covers hour-by-hour the entire operation to liberate the strategically vital town of Marjah in February and contains some of the most intense fighting footage ever caught on camera.
In the documentary Tip of the Spear, NBC News chief correspondent Richard Engel chronicles his time spent with soldiers fighting the war in Afghanistan. Engel spent a year following the soldiers of Viper Company through some of the most dangerous and remote regions of Afghanistan, the Korengal Valley, and the result is an unflinching look [...]
Documentary about four British girls in their twenties who are pushed to their limits during a gruelling six-month tour with the army in Afghanistan. With unique access, cameras capture their firefights with the Taliban and how their families are coping back at home.
It’s March 2009 and the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, known as the Welsh Cavalry, are coming to the end of their bloodiest tour of duty in 50 years. The Taliban is a determined enemy but the regiment has succeeded in keeping them at bay both in the south and north of Helmand Province. This programme follows [...]
NY Times follows soldiers from their home base at Fort Drum, N.Y., through their first missions in Afghanistan. During the coming year, the series looks at the progress of the surge, the daily lives of soldiers at war and the impact of a 12-month deployment on families — all through the experiences of the 1-87. [...]
Few people understand what this means in reality better than the medevac personnel, who helicopter out across the country to pick up casualties – often while under fire themselves. But what is it like aboard one of these units? Veteran freelance cameraman Vaughan Smith spent two weeks embedded with the paramedics of the US Army’s [...]
For four years, thousands of British servicemen fought with the Taliban for the district of Sangin – the most violent part of Afghanistan. The fighting cost 106 British lives, including Staff-Sergeant Olaf Schmidt, who won the George Cross there. Last year, the British withdrew – handing the area over to the US Marines. Ben Anderson, [...]
Morland Sanders travels to Helmand Province to investigate what has been achieved during the 10-year conflict in Afghanistan and examine preparations for the planned withdrawal of UK forces. He witnesses the training of the Afghan National Army soldiers who are going to take over from British troops, and follows a chaplain as he counsels service [...]
A 5 month undercover journey with the mujahedin inside Afghanistan, during the Soviet occupation. Leon Flamholc travelled by foot from Peshawar, through Kandahar up to Herat, filming guerilla’s fight against the Soviet army.
Behind the strike that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1st was one of the U.S. military’s best kept secrets: an extraordinary campaign by elite U.S. soldiers to take out thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. A 6 month investigation by FRONTLINE has gone inside the “kill/capture” program to discover new evidence of the [...]
In 2008, a group of 17 volunteers from the Oregon National Guard deployed to Afghanistan to train a battalion of the Afghan National army. Their mission was to conduct counter narcotics patrols in the deadly Helmand Province, a region notorious not only for its opium production but as a Taliban stronghold. This is the story [...]
Documentary following the journey of two injured soldiers: 19-year-old Ranger Andy Allen who, in July 2008, had his right leg blown off and his eyes badly burnt by an improvised explosive device; and 24-year-old Lance Corporal Tom Neathway, who lost three limbs after moving a booby-trapped sandbag. Unconscious and watched by their families they fight [...]
Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi is a feature-length documentary that follows the relationship between an Afghan interpreter and his client, American journalist Christian Parenti. This intimate portrait of two colleagues shifts dramatically when Ajmal is kidnapped along with an Italian reporter. The situation goes from bad to worse as foreign powers pressure for fast [...]
Series marking the ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, telling the story of the conflict through the words and pictures of the young soldiers themselves BBC Three has been given unprecedented access and co-operation from the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces to tell the story of the ongoing conflict in a brand [...]
Mark Urban tells the inside story of Britain’s fight for Helmand, told with unique access to the generals and frontline troops who were there.
It is a topic of debate and controversy around the world, but for the young men of “Hooligan Platoon”, war-torn Afghanistan is a reality they must endure day in and day out. Directed by Tyler Elliott, Hooligans at War is a rare and unique look inside the everyday lives of soldiers fighting a war of [...]
For The War at Home, students of Norwich University interviewed veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and explored issues soldiers face upon returning to civilian life. Students made the film to help veterans process their experiences, to give insight to those preparing to deploy and their families and to inform the general public [...]
Camp Victory, Afghanistan gets at the stark reality of the US/NATO “exit strategy” from Afghanistan. Shot over the course of five years, the film follows a battle-hardened Afghan General and the steady stream of U.S. National Guard soldiers deployed to train him and his army.
Troops reveal the inside story of what it’s really like fighting on a tour of duty in Afghanistan today. Filmed on and off the battlefield, each episode follows the story of a group of Servicemen and women fighting the war from three unique perspectives: on foot, in the air and from behind the wheel of [...]
Made with exclusive access facilitated by the MOD, The TA & The Taliban is the story of 12 ordinary people who have chosen to leave their families and day jobs in Britain behind to serve alongside soldiers over 3,500 miles away in some of the most dangerous places in the world. We’ll follow them to [...]
A serving soldier in the British Army for 17 years, nine of which were spent in the SAS, hes seen action in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland. Now he uses his legendary experience and expertise to bring ITV4 viewers the truth about life in a war. An incredible [...]
For the first time ever, Australia’s most secretive soldiers have invited a TV crew to document them in Afghanistan. This exclusive TEN documentary, over three years in the making, follows investigative journalist and four time Walkley winner Chris Masters as he goes deep into the field with the Special Air Services Regiment, the SAS. The [...]
Embedded in Echo Company during the assault, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis captures the frontline action with visceral immediacy. When Sergeant Harris returns home to North Carolina after a life-threatening injury in battle, the film evolves from stunning war reportage to the story of one man s personal apocalypse. With the love and support of [...]
The 4-part series follows four men aged between 18 and 22 from their basic training in Catterick, North Yorkshire to their destiny in Helmand province, where several of them will end up fighting for their lives. With news of death and destruction from the frontline being a continuous cause of concern, Afghanistan is never far [...]
For the first time ever, the Ministry of Defence has allowed the work of specialist bomb disposal teams in Afghanistan to be shown. Adam is halfway through his tour of Afghanistan as a bomb disposal operator. Captured on helmet camera, we see what Adam sees as he is standing over the bomb which could kill [...]
The first of its kind, G4′s Bomb Patrol Afghanistan is a groundbreaking television series giving viewers an unprecedented first person view of one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, in one of the most dangerous places on earth. G4 embeds viewers within the U.S. Military’s most elite Navy E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Unit. [...]