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Archive for September 11th, 2014

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Today marks another anniversary of 9/11.  Yesterday President Obama gave his Prime Time speech concerning his strategy towards ISIS and I can’t help but to think of the current existence of the Islamic State paralleling Afghanistan under the Taliban thirteen years ago.  Every year on the anniversary of 9/11 I reflect back on this day and this year I started to look up more information on America’s first response to Al Qaeda and the Taliban–the beginnings of which involved a lot of air power and Special Operation Forces.  One battle stuck out: the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi.  It is the battle that led to the first American killed in Afghanistan and also the capture of the American Taliban, John Walker Lindh.

There are three documentaries concerning this battle–each of which provides different details and angles that together gives us a more complete picture.

1.) Taliban Uprising – The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi (House of War)

This is documentary by National Geographic that gives the summary of what happened.  It has more description of what was going on militarily than the other documentaries.  It can be seen on Liveleak in 4 parts here, here, here and here.

2.) Qala-e-Jangi

The three journalists and their translator shares their account of the battle.  There are some amazing contexts to the clips we see and also exclusive footage that was not in the above documentary.

3.) Good Morning, Afghanistan

One of the French Journalist gives his account of reporting on this battle.  It gives a lot more context than the previous documentary to some of the shots and footage.

4.) SAS in Action

This is a clip by an Afghan recording British and American SOF in action

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