Inside the Afghanistan War

U.S. forces entered Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, and quickly toppled the Taliban in what many hoped would be a swift, clean victory over al Qaeda and the men who directed 9/11. Flash-forward to March 2012, and the war is now entering its 125th month. Amazingly, this country’s longest war has drifted in and out of focus for many Americans and, for much of its life, has been obscured by another war in Iraq.

INSIDE THE AFGHANISTAN WAR delivers an immersive, ground-level view of America’s war in Afghanistan. We’ll present the personal war stories of U.S. and Canadian soldiers — many of whom went into this war with their cameras rolling… capturing harrowing scenes of real-life, heart-pounding bloody combat.

This two-hour documentary tells the comprehensive story of the war’s 11-year-trajectory… from its beginnings as a guerilla war to overthrow the Taliban, through its meandering middle period and to the present day – on the eve of the U.S. pullout in 2014. The program offers answers to questions like:  How did we get to this point? What might a victory in Afghanistan look like?

Understanding what has happened in Afghanistan over the last ten years, as well as what will happen over the next two years is vital as the War on Terror evolves forward into its second decade. INSIDE THE AFGHANISTAN WAR explains the war’s shifting goals as well as the ever-changing strategies to achieve those goals.

Despite the war’s uncertain outcome, many experts believe a ‘win’ in Afghanistan is possible—provided we know how to recognize it. For instance, U.S. troops are increasingly supported by a strong and growing system of Afghan security forces. They are fighting hard and slowly earning the respect of the people. But, at the same time, problems abound and in the last five years, Afghan security forces have turned their weapons on their U.S. military counterparts more than 70 times.

INSIDE THE AFGHANISTAN WAR’S heart and soul are the soldiers, Marines and airmen who served valorously on the battlefield, who offer – many for the first time – their first-hand accounts of what they saw, what they smelled and what they felt every step of the way. Soldiers like Col. Max Bowers, who oversaw three teams of Green Berets ride horseback across Afghanistan on their way to sacking the Taliban in less than two months in 2001. And Pvt. Channing Moss who, in 2006, took an unexploded rocket-propelled grenade to the gut – and, miraculously, survived.

We’ll explain the realpolitik of the situation in Afghanistan…the physical and emotional toll unleashed by the war…and what the future holds for America in this land known as the “Graveyard of Empires.”

 Tune in to INSIDE THE AFGHANISTAN WAR tonight at 8P.


  1. bob
    November 5, 2012, 2:56 pm

    you ruined a fairly good show with an inordinate amount of commercials – I timed 7 minutes of show followed by 5 minutes of commercials – had to turn the channel after the first hour – it was rediculous

  2. Debra Mincemoyer
    New Braunsfels,Texas
    November 7, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Dr. Jan Pol- I love your show. I was an RN for 25 years, working mainly in the ER. I always wanted to be a vet but life circumstances intervened. So, I live vicariously through you & never get tired of you or your family. You guys are wonderful-all of you! Dr. Brenda, too. I hope you are on Nat.Geo. for a long, long time. Best Wishes, Debbie

  3. Chirs Dever
    November 14, 2012, 10:33 am

    This is one of the first specials that I have seen that didn’t focus 99% of the material on the Special Operations groups. Yes, they play an important role in our military operations but, the majority of things that go on in a wartime situation are conducted by the regular army. I served on the QRF that was based in Mogadishu in 1993 that helped in the evacuation of the Rangers in the Battle of the Black Sea.

  4. eldrid molderman
    December 1, 2012, 12:13 pm

    when will this be on sale?