This 10 minute journalist interview and narrated slide show of Captain Dan Kearney’s unit in a remote and dangerous Afghan valley
illustrates in very personal terms the dilemmas and dangers facing the US military on ground patrol.
The story of Kearney’s “Battle Company” provides a rare glimpse into the everyday life-or-death challenges facing these courageous troops. The video can be a springboard to launch a class discussion on the complexity of the Afghanistan situation. What would you do if you were Captain Kearney?
Additional resources related to this video segment can be found below:
NewsHour Extra’s Lesson Plan: AFGHANISTAN: PEOPLE, PLACES AND POLITICS Background, Activities and Critical Analysis
NewsHour Afghanistan in-depth coverage, including links to student voices and interactive map
NewsHour’s Insider Forum Journalist Elizabeth Rubin answered your questions
Elizabeth Rubins’s article in the NY Times magazine
NewsHour SlideShow showing a selection of Lynsey Addario’s photographs from Afghanistan Warning: Some photos contain graphic imagery
BBC Afghanistan country profile