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ISIS in Afghanistan

Why Afghanistan’s Children Are Used as Spies and Suicide Bombers

In a country that has experienced nearly endless conflict for more than 30 years, Afghan children have regularly been recruited to join armed groups on both sides of the battle line.

ISIS in Afghanistan

ISIS is in Afghanistan, But Who Are They Really?

It appears ISIS-allied fighters are gaining a foothold in Afghanistan, but just how similar are they to the group’s branches in Iraq and Syria?

Inside Assad's Syria

A Campaign of Disappearances in Syria Leaves Thousands Missing

At least 65,116 individuals have been “forcibly disappeared” by the Syrian government, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

ISIS in Afghanistan

ISIS in Afghanistan: School of Jihad

The emergence of ISIS in Afghanistan has introduced a new level of brutality to the conflict, beyond what has been practiced by the Taliban.

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

Pentagon Opens Probe Into Sexual Abuse by U.S. Allies in Afghanistan

The Defense Department’s Inspector General has opened an investigation into whether U.S. troops were discouraged from reporting the rape and sexual abuse of children by their Afghan allies.

Inside Assad's Syria

Syria: What’s In It For Putin?

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syria is not just about supporting the Assad regime in Syria. It’s about Russia’s place in the world.

My Brother's Bomber

U.S. and Scotland Eye Two New Suspects In Lockerbie Bombing

Prosecutors are seeking to interview two Libyans who they’ve identified in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, an attack that killed 270 people.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

“Nobody’s Been Held Accountable” for Wasteful Spending in Afghanistan, says U.S. Watchdog

The U.S. has spent $110 billion on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. How was the money used? How was it wasted?

My Brother's Bomber

The Libya Dossier

The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was one of the worst terrorist attacks against Americans before 9/11, but only one man was ever convicted. Who else might have been involved? And why?

My Brother's Bomber

Regrets of a Revolution? Libya After Qaddafi

Four years after the protests that led to the overthrow and death of the former strongman, Libya is torn between two governments and dozens of militias and armed groups.

Obama at War

How Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Years in the Making

For weeks, the world’s eyes have been fixed upon the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s doorstep. But the crisis was years in the making, with a brutal civil war in Syria adding millions of refugees to those fleeing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Nigeria.

Locked Up In America

California Agrees to Overhaul Solitary Confinement in Prisons

California has agreed to place limits on how long prisoners can spend in solitary confinement, and review the cases of thousands who are currently in isolation.

Losing Iraq

Is Abadi’s “Good Faith” Enough to Reform Iraq?

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came into office during a time of crisis. Nearly one year later, he faces the difficult challenge of trying to reform Iraq’s political system while continuing the fight against ISIS.

Secrets of the Vatican

Milwaukee Archdiocese Offers Settlement For Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse

A proposed settlement between the Milwaukee Archdiocese and hundreds of alleged victims would end one of the largest cases to emerge from the clergy abuse crisis.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

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.

Escaping ISIS

How People Are Using Technology Against ISIS

While ISIS uses technology to spread propaganda and terror, its opponents are using it to interfere with its rule, its narrative and its grip on power.

Escaping ISIS

How ISIS Is Using Women To Police Other Women

Despite ISIS’ brutal treatment of women, some now actively fight for the militant group, helping to enforce its vision for an Islamic State.


Report: Ebola Outbreak Exposed “Organizational Failings” at WHO

A scathing review found the WHO unable to respond rapidly to global health emergencies, despite it status as the U.N. agency countries look to when dealing with crises like the Ebola outbreak.

Growing Up Trans

Listen to “Growing Up Trans”

Filmmakers Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor meet transgender children and their families who were willing to share stories of the struggles and choices they faced as they considered transitioning.

Growing Up Trans

When Transgender Kids Transition, Medical Risks are Both Known and Unknown

New medical options are allowing transgender children to start the process of transitioning at younger and younger ages. But doctors tread carefully, lacking research on some of the long-term effects.

The Vaccine War

California Approves Strict New Vaccine Requirements for Children

California now has one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday that eliminates personal and religious belief exemptions.

Rape on the Night Shift

By the Numbers: The Magnitude of Rape and Sexual Assault

What is the incidence of rape? How many go unreported? How much does it cost the victim? We look at the numbers behind the crime.

Rape on the Night Shift

Working the Night Shift, Alone and Vulnerable to Sexual Assault

They clean your offices, your hotels, your malls and airports. But as everyone else goes home, janitors — many of them undocumented women who work the night shift — are alone, which makes them especially vulnerable.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Has the U.S. Killed the Most Important Al Qaeda Member Since Bin Laden?

The death of Nasser al-Wuhayshi comes at a time when ISIS is eclipsing Al Qaeda globally in territory and notoriety, while simultaneously luring fighters away from the group.

Secrets, Politics and Torture

Did “Enhanced Interrogation” Break the CIA’s Own Rules on “Human Experimentation”?

The CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” may have violated its own guidelines on human experimentation, according to previously classified documents published by the Guardian.

Locked Up In America

Locked Up In America: Stephen’s Story

States across the country have started rethinking the use of solitary confinement. For inmates like Stephen Kirkley, one of the worst behaved inmates at the Maine State Prison, that means a transfer out of solitary to the prison’s mental health unit.

The Rise of ISIS

What an Estimate of 10,000 ISIS Fighters Killed Doesn’t Tell Us

A senior U.S. official said this week that airstrikes have killed 10,000 ISIS fighters. So why does the group continue to expand its territory?

Obama at War

Syria Got Rid of Its Chemical Weapons — But Reports of Attacks Continue

Since mid-March, rescue workers and doctors have documented 35 barrel bomb attacks inside Syria that allegedly involved the use of weaponized chlorine.

The Trouble with Antibiotics

FDA Plan Would Offer Clearer Picture of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

The FDA currently publishes information on how many antibiotics are sold to farms. It now wants more information on which species they’re going to.

The Trouble with Chicken

Lawmakers Push Two Food Safety Bills After FRONTLINE Investigation

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate introduced bills to strengthen the USDA’s authority to protect consumers from contaminated meat and poultry.

The Trouble with Chicken

What Happens After a Foodborne Illness Outbreak?

When an outbreak happens, it usually falls to the FDA or the USDA to ensure the contaminated food isn’t entering the market. What are their options?

The Trouble with Chicken

Are You Handling Raw Chicken The Wrong Way?

A recent study found that while preparing to cook their chicken, people often make mistakes that can lead to them unknowingly contaminating their kitchen.


What Is It Like Reporting from the Center of an Ebola Outbreak?

The Ebola crisis was still raging when filmmakers Dan Edge and Sasha J. Achilli travelled there in September to start work on the FRONTLINE investigation, “Outbreak.”


Ebola: Sounding the Alarm

When people in West Africa started dying of a mysterious illness in early 2014, no one knew the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history had begun. How did it get so bad?

College, Inc.

For-Profit College is Closed After Fine for its Job Placement Claims

The closing of Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, comes less than two weeks after the Department of Education fined it almost $30 million for “misrepresentation of job placement rates.”

The Fight for Yemen

After a Month of Airstrikes, Where Does Yemen Stand?

A Saudi-led coalition ended a campaign of airstrikes on Tuesday only to launch a new operation on Wednesday. What does it mean for the future of Yemen?

Hunting Boko Haram

Report: Boko Haram Has Abducted More Than 2,000 Since Start of ’14

It is now one year since the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok. We may not know where they are, but a grim report from Amnesty International offers a glimpse into the trials the kidnapped girls may be facing.

The Fight for Yemen

Al Qaeda Exploiting the Conflict in Yemen, says Pentagon Chief

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was exploiting a power vacuum in Yemen and “making direct gains on the ground.”

The Fight for Yemen

Who’s Who in the Fight for Yemen

Who is fighting who in Yemen, and what does each side in the increasingly complex battle stand for?

The Fight for Yemen

With Yemen in Turmoil, Al Qaeda Breaks Hundreds Out of Prison

The assault on a prison in the city of Al Mukalla comes as a new United Nations report finds that Al Qaeda and ISIS have attracted more than 25,000 foreign fighters from over 100 countries.

Hunting Boko Haram

Report: Boko Haram Has Claimed More Than 1,000 Lives in 2015

A new report from Human Rights Watch finds that the pace of attacks by the Nigerian extremist group is up over last year, when nearly 4,000 were killed by them.

The Trouble with Antibiotics

Study: Antibiotic Use in Animals Projected to Soar

The use of antibiotics in food animals has become a public health concern due to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A new study predicts that antibiotic use will only increase around the world as the demand for meat rises.

Inside Assad's Syria

In Syria, Darkness Takes On New Meaning After Four Years of War

As the Syrian war enters its fifth year, 11 million people have fled their homes, plunging much of the country into darkness. Those who remain face daily bombardments, food shortages and a crumbling medical infrastructure.

Inside Assad's Syria

New Reports Detail Assad’s Brutal Tactics in Syria

The dramatic rise of ISIS has shifted attention away from the conflict in Syria, but a new report provides a bitter reminder that attacks by the Syrian government on its own citizens are continuing unabated.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

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.

Being Mortal

Facing Mortality: How to Talk to Your Doctor

There is no rigid structure or checklist for having difficult conversations about end-of-life care. FRONTLINE asked experts in palliative care and organizations dedicated to helping patients have “the conversation” how to go about it.

Being Mortal

A Link Across Generations

The prolonged dying process of his own father was one of the catalysts for Dr. Atul Gawande to better understand end-of-life care.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

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.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

The U.S. Fight Against Al Qaeda in Yemen Just Got Harder

FRONTLINE asked four experts to weigh in on how Yemen’s political crisis is affecting the U.S. counterterrorism campaign there.

The Rise of ISIS

Have Airstrikes Really Killed Half of ISIS’ Top Commanders?

The U.S. announced that the coalition’s military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria had cost the group 50 percent of its top commanders and 6,000 fighters.

Putin's Way

New Russia Bill Targets “Undesirable” Foreign Organizations

Observers say the proposed law, which comes during a larger crackdown on dissent and opposition in Russia, could target commercial companies.

Hunting Boko Haram

What Makes Boko Haram’s Atrocities So Hard To Track?

Details about Boko Haram’s recent attacks on villages in northeastern Nigeria have been hard to come by. A researcher for Amnesty International explains why.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

How Credible is Al Qaeda’s Claim It Planned the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

FRONTLINE asked several experts to weigh in on the credibility of Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch’s statement.

Putin's Way

Putin’s Legal Crackdown on Civil Society

In the two years since Putin’s return to the presidency, analysts and rights groups say it has become harder for Russians to protest, publish criticism and carry out advocacy.

Putin's Way

What’s Been the Effect of Western Sanctions on Russia?

Western sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s inner-circle have been far more than just simply symbolic, says a former economic advisor to the Russian government.

The Battle for Ukraine

Putin: Russia, the “Bear,” Will Survive Economic Pain

In his annual address to the media, Vladimir Putin discussed economic headwinds, tensions with the West and why Russia is treated like a beleaguered “bear.”

Afghanistan / Pakistan

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.

Social Issues

Remembering a Symbol of Resilience from Post-Katrina New Orleans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Herbert Gettridge came to be known as a “a poster child” for struggle, perseverance and resilience.

The Battle for Ukraine

Putin Remains Defiant As Russian Economy Wavers

Observers were looking for any softening in Putin’s stance since low oil prices and sanctions began taking a toll on the Russian economy, but the strident tone of his state-of-the-nation address suggests he may be preparing to double down on his policies.


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.

Raising Adam Lanza

New Report: Adam Lanza “Did Not Just ‘Snap'”

A new report details the many red flags and missed opportunities in Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s childhood.

The Rise of ISIS

Dempsey Considering Placing U.S. Troops Alongside Iraqi Forces

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs told a congressional committee that Iraqi forces may need closer help in response to a question prompted by FRONTLINE’s “The Rise of Isis.”

Escaping ISIS

What a Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS Means

ISIS has sought such pledges to bolster its reputation as the world’s leading jihadist group, according to global terror experts.

The Battle for Ukraine

After Separatist Elections, What’s Next for Eastern Ukraine?

The breakaway eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk held elections this week. What comes next for the separatist regions?

The Rise of ISIS

In Their Own Words: Sunnis on Their Treatment in Maliki’s Iraq

They describe the many grievances of Iraq’s Sunni population, which they say led to the resurrection of the Sunni insurgency — once again providing a safe haven for extremists.

The Battle for Ukraine

Pro-Western Parties Win Big in Ukraine Elections

But the separatist-controlled eastern regions of the country did not participate.

TB Silent Killer

WHO Report: TB Epidemic “Even Bigger Than We Thought”

Treatment for drug resistant TB hasn’t kept pace, and some nations are facing epidemics.

Losing Iraq

Can Haider al-Abadi Bridge Iraq’s Sectarian Divide?

Not without reining in the Shia militias operating on the ground, according to experts who spoke to FRONTLINE.

Ebola Outbreak

Representatives Push for Travel Ban at Ebola Hearing

Following the death of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., members of Congress questioned officials from several government agencies about the U.S. response to the disease.

Losing Iraq

Number of U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Already Exceeds Those in Yemen, Somalia

The president pointed to the U.S. air campaigns in Yemen and Somalia as successful implementations of his planned strategy against ISIS.

Hunting Boko Haram

Uncovering Atrocities Committed By Nigerian Security Forces

Reporter Evan Williams on how his investigation into atrocities committed by Boko Haram took an unexpected turn.

Ebola Outbreak

MSF on Ebola: “This is the Biggest Outbreak We’ve Ever Known”

This Ebola outbreak has overwhelmed both local health facilities and Médecins Sans Frontières’ treatment centers.

Secret War

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.

Losing Iraq

Can the Kurds Hold Out Against ISIS?

In the last week, ISIS and the Kurds have turned their guns on each other. What happens next?

Death By Fire

New Report Raises Questions About Guilt of Executed Texas Man

A witness who testified that Willingham confessed to arson says he lied in exchange for favorable treatment from prosecutors.

Losing Iraq

The Iraq War’s Key Players: Where Are They Now?

From Muqtada al-Sadr to the Sons of Iraq, these players shaped Iraq during the war. They may still have a role to play in its future.

The Battle for Ukraine

From Kalashnikovs to Surface-to-Air Missiles in Eastern Ukraine

When FRONTLINE producer James Jones first met separatists in Eastern Ukraine they were armed with rusty Kalishnikovs. Now they’re suspected of bringing down a plane.

Syria at War

New UN Resolution to Expand Humanitarian Aid in Syria

The move allows the UN to send aid to rebel-held areas without the Syrian government’s consent. But how many will it help?

Secrets of the Vatican

What Pope Francis Has Done Differently in Tackling the Sexual Abuse Scandal

His approach has differed from his predecessors. Vatican expert Jason Berry explains how.

Secrets of the Vatican

Pope Francis Holds First Meeting With Abuse Victims

Pope Francis met with abuse victims in his latest effort to address the sexual abuse crisis in the church. But victims’ advocates say it isn’t enough.

The Battle for Ukraine

What Comes Next in Ukraine?

This week, the Ukrainian government let a unilateral ceasefire expire and launched a major offensive in the east.



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