Afghanistan / Pakistan


53:39Outlawed in PakistanMay. 28, 2013
32:46Opium BridesJan. 3, 2012
17:18The Secret WarJan. 3, 2012
53:40A Perfect TerroristNov. 22, 2011
53:39Kill/CaptureMay. 10, 2011
53:47Fighting for Bin LadenMay. 3, 2011


Military Overlooked Sexual Abuse by Afghan Allies, Investigation Says

A new investigation by The New York Times finds that U.S. soldiers were told not to intervene in cases of sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan allies.

After Mullah Omar, What Comes Next For the Taliban?

News of Mullah Omar’s death comes at a time when the Taliban faces internal power struggles and increased factionalism, even as it continues its brutal and deadly fight against the Afghan government.

The War the U.S. Left Behind in Afghanistan

International forces formally ended their combat role in Afghanistan in December, but the Afghan government’s war with the Taliban isn’t over. In fact, it’s become more deadly.

Declassified: U.S. Backs Down From Secrecy on Afghanistan Spending

Watchdogs say the decision will help efforts to fight corruption in training of Afghan security forces.

How Is American Money Being Spent on Afghan Security Forces? It’s Classified

The military’s decision to classify information that had previously been publicly available was described as “unprecedented” by the government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction.

The American Who Plotted an Attack on a Newspaper

In 2009, David Coleman Headley planned to bring holy war to Denmark, after a newspaper published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Web of Terror

The Mumbai terrorist attacks killed 166 people — including six Americans. Could they have been prevented?

In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

Indian and British intelligence agencies were both spying on the online activities of one of the alleged plotters, but couldn’t connect the dots.

Pakistani Court Grants Bail to Key Suspect in Mumbai Terror Attack

Pakistan’s decision to free Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi came despite heightened calls to crackdown on militants following a deadly attack this week on schoolchildren in Peshawar.

Taliban Attack On Pakistani School is Deadly and Symbolic

An attack that killed at least 132 children at an army-run school in Pakistan was not only one of the deadliest in recent history, it was also highly symbolic.

Could Night Raids Return to Afghanistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s administration plans to lift a ban on the controversial raids targeting Taliban fighters, according to a new report.

Billions in U.S. Spending Can’t Slow Afghan Opium Poppy Production

This comes despite $7.6 billion in counternarcotics spending by the U.S. there over the last decade — and is projected to increase even more in 2014.

Pakistan’s “Forgotten Crisis”

More than 1 million — including 456,000 children– have been displaced this summer by the military’s campaign to root out militants in the tribal areas.

“Outlawed in Pakistan” Wins Overseas Press Club Award

The May 2013 film explores the complicated rape case of Pakistani teenager Kainat Soomro.

Meet the New Head of the Pakistani Taliban

Watch rare video of Maulana Fazlullah, the mastermind behind the shooting of education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Did NSA Surveillance Help Thwart Plotter of Mumbai Attack?

Officials have credited the program with helping to capture David Coleman Headley, but a closer examination shows the U.S. only caught up with him after a tip from British intelligence.

Rape and Justice in Pakistan: Live Chat Transcript

Join our live chat about Outlawed in Pakistan on May 29 with filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, and The New York Times Pakistan Bureau Chief, Declan Walsh. You can leave a question now.

The Stigma of Reporting a Rape in Pakistan

A rape survivor advocate explains why reporting an assault — and being bold enough to seek justice — can be so difficult in Pakistan.

The Risks of Defending an “Outlaw”

Attorney Faisal Siddiqi knows the risks that come from representing rape victims in Pakistan. “There is no two opinions about it,” he says. “If you do cases like this, you put the whole family in danger.”

In Pakistan, a Delicate Balance Between Religious and Secular Law

In Pakistan, where tribal traditions, Islamic law and the legacy of a colonial legal system are often at odds, justice can take many forms.

For Many Women Worldwide, the Biggest Threat Is at Home

Most of the violence women endure is committed by their partners — and not just in Pakistan.

Why Is It So Hard to Try A Rape Case in Pakistan?

In Pakistan, just talking about rape and sexual violence is a cultural taboo. But bringing a case through the Pakistani courts and discerning truth from fiction is dangerous, complicated and, and as filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann learned, fraught with challenges.

Terror Group Recruits From Pakistan’s “Best and Brightest”

A new study released today helps explain how Lashkar-i-Taiba, one of the world’s most dangerous militant organizations, is integrated into Pakistani society.

Four Disturbing Questions About the Mumbai Terror Attack

Sebastian Rotella examines new information and materials about the Mumbai terror attacks.

Judge Gives American 35 Years For Plotting Mumbai Attacks

Although David Coleman Headley avoided the death penalty, Judge Harry Leinenweber says the sentence “will keep him under lock and key for the rest of his natural life.”

Mumbai Massacre Accomplice Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Chicago immigration consultant to 14 years in prison for his role in supporting the Pakistani terrorist group that worked with Pakistan’s intelligence service to carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks and plot a follow-up strike in Denmark.

Family of Mumbai Attack Victims Dealt Blow in Lawsuit

Earlier this week the State Department announced that two former Pakistani intelligence directors are immune from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Americans killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.


Nov. 21, 2002

In Search of Al Qaeda

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE's 10,000 mile journey that conveys just what the U.S. is up against. (Web site »)
Mar. 5, 1985

Buying the Bomb

(60 minutes) Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh presents his first television investigation for Frontline. After six months of work, Hersh uncovers the story of a Pakistani businessman who tried to ship electrical devices which can be used as nuclear bomb triggers out of the US to Pakistan.
Dec. 11, 1984

Red Star Over Khyber

(60 minutes) In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. On the fifth anniversary of the invasion, Frontline correspondent Richard Reeves reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan, examining the stalemate in the Persian Gulf and the pressure placed on Pakistan to accept over one million Afghan refugees.


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