What Life Is Like For Afghans Facing The Deadliest Taliban Yet: VICE on HBO

After more than 16 years of war, Afghan civilians live each day under constant threat, as U.S. forces and the Afghan government struggle to secure the country.

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the war since 2001, U.S. goals are far from within reach. Meanwhile, the Taliban has never been stronger, controlling more land than ever before and establishing footholds in nearly every province in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump has vowed to undo some of the terror group’s grip on the country and force it back to the negotiating table. But his new strategy, which centers on thousands of additional U.S. troops and an intensification of airstrikes, has only just begun to produce gains.

The Taliban, facing renewed pressure, have increased terror attacks on major cities, striking at the heart of Kabul recently, in a series of devastating attacks that left hundreds of civilians dead in the span of a week.

VICE’s Ben Anderson travelled to Afghanistan in October 2016 as the Taliban were on the verge of retaking Helmand Province, once a crucial territory in the U.S. war. Reconnecting with families he’d visited years earlier, he saw just how little has been done to contain the Taliban’s influence across the country’s rural landscape, and the challenges that await Afghan and U.S. forces.

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36 thoughts on “What Life Is Like For Afghans Facing The Deadliest Taliban Yet: VICE on HBO

  1. I feel terrible sorry for the Afghan civilians who have to suffer from the Taliban, but I also see the western perspective, which unfortunately wasn't really mentioned in the video. The Kunduz province mentioned in the video was protected by the German Bundeswehr forces. After 15 years of protection by the German Bundeswehr, billions of money spent, thousands of Afghan soldiers trained, the Germans left, but the Afghan government and army are still not able to protect their own people in Kunduz. I am German myself and one of my closest friends was serving for the German army in Afghanistan and even he said that it is completely hopeless. The Afghan government is unfortunately very weak, highly corrupt and not supported by its own people. Lack of education (Afghanistan has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world), ethnic tensions and an archaic culture make things worse. Furthermore, the Taliban was never really gone, it just moved to neighboring Pakistan and waited until the NATO forces were gone. 21:30 I also simply cannot understand how the Afghan people don't blame their own government, but decide to blame the ISAF (NATO) troops instead. ISAF and the UN spent billions in providing security, education, homes etc., but somehow it is still the fault of the foreigners of the Taliban takes over their country.

  2. I hope all those that put money in their pockets remember the sacrifice of all those lost souls. Millions and yet these local people have old used military equiptment

  3. I don't know who's bad or good..the only thing I know is that nobody deserves a life like that! I'm the same age as that brave fella and he defuses bombs with his hands and I worry if my internet isn't fast enough…unfair and cruel world…

  4. If you ask anybody in this world- 'Who created Taliban/Al-Qaeda?', more than 50% of them will say America. America created them to fight the Soviet Union when they invaded Afghanistan. They (and also Soviet Union) started this war and left without finishing it.

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