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U.S.-Afghanistan Relations [electronic resource]: Gaining Perspective

ABC News Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. In this program, ABC News correspondent Chris Bury shows how that Arab adage sums up America's relation to Afghanistan since the Cold War. Given the calamity, U.S. support to the mujahideen and the subsequent abandonment of Afghanistan upon the Soviet Union's defeat are discussed by Frank Anderson, head of the CIA's Afghan task force in the 1980s; Charles Wilson, former U.S. Congressman and proponent of Afghan support; Ben Rooney, a reporter with The Telegraph who covered the Afghan/Soviet war; Tom Carew, a former British SAS soldier who helped train the Afghan army; and two veterans from both sides of the Afghan/Soviet war.
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42 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 11, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Gaining perspective
  • Afghanistan: America's New Enemy (3:11)
  • U.S. Aids Afghanistan Against U.S.S.R. (3:16)
  • Stingers: Weapons from Washington (3:26)
  • U.S. Abandons Afghanistan (3:23)
  • Islamic Extremists Control Afghanistan (4:18)
  • Soldiers Reflect on the Afghan Army (3:32)
  • U.S. Plans for Afghanistan (4:03)
  • Afghan Refugees on the Move (4:54)
  • Life Through an Afghan's Eyes (4:41)
  • U.S. Skepticism With Taliban Dilemma (4:19)
  • Terrorism, Rumors, and U.S. Paranoia (1:58)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2001.
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29393 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (42 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
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