Afghanistan / Pakistan


53:39Outlawed in PakistanMay. 28, 2013
17:17The Secret WarJan. 3, 2012
32:45Opium BridesJan. 3, 2012
53:35A Perfect TerroristNov. 22, 2011
53:37Kill/CaptureMay. 10, 2011
53:47Fighting for Bin LadenMay. 3, 2011


Did NSA Surveillance Help Thwart Plotter of Mumbai Attack?

Officials have credited the program with helping to capture David Coleman Headley, but a closer examination shows the U.S. only caught up with him after a tip from British intelligence.

Rape and Justice in Pakistan: Live Chat Transcript

Join our live chat about Outlawed in Pakistan on May 29 with filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, and The New York Times Pakistan Bureau Chief, Declan Walsh. You can leave a question now.

The Stigma of Reporting a Rape in Pakistan

A rape survivor advocate explains why reporting an assault — and being bold enough to seek justice – can be so difficult in Pakistan.

The Risks of Defending an “Outlaw”

Attorney Faisal Siddiqi knows the risks that come from representing rape victims in Pakistan. “There is no two opinions about it,” he says. “If you do cases like this, you put the whole family in danger.”

In Pakistan, a Delicate Balance Between Religious and Secular Law

In Pakistan, where tribal traditions, Islamic law and the legacy of a colonial legal system are often at odds, justice can take many forms.

For Many Women Worldwide, the Biggest Threat Is at Home

Most of the violence women endure is committed by their partners – and not just in Pakistan.

Why Is It So Hard to Try A Rape Case in Pakistan?

In Pakistan, just talking about rape and sexual violence is a cultural taboo. But bringing a case through the Pakistani courts and discerning truth from fiction is dangerous, complicated and, and as filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann learned, fraught with challenges.

Terror Group Recruits From Pakistan’s “Best and Brightest”

A new study released today helps explain how Lashkar-i-Taiba, one of the world’s most dangerous militant organizations, is integrated into Pakistani society.

Four Disturbing Questions About the Mumbai Terror Attack

Sebastian Rotella examines new information and materials about the Mumbai terror attacks.

Judge Gives American 35 Years For Plotting Mumbai Attacks

Although David Coleman Headley avoided the death penalty, Judge Harry Leinenweber says the sentence “will keep him under lock and key for the rest of his natural life.”

Mumbai Massacre Accomplice Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Chicago immigration consultant to 14 years in prison for his role in supporting the Pakistani terrorist group that worked with Pakistan’s intelligence service to carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks and plot a follow-up strike in Denmark.

Family of Mumbai Attack Victims Dealt Blow in Lawsuit

Earlier this week the State Department announced that two former Pakistani intelligence directors are immune from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Americans killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Interactive: David Coleman Headley’s Web of Betrayal

An interactive film that explores the tangled web of relationships that helped the American behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks move from small-time drug smuggler to international terrorist and spy.

Is This Man To Blame for the Attack on Pakistani Schoolgirl?

As the world closely watches the fate of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl fighting for her life after being gunned down by the Taliban last week, the pressure is on Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice.

U.S. Pressures Pakistan on Mumbai Terror Group

The Obama administration’s decision to designate the leadership of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba group as terrorists last week sends a pointed, if largely symbolic, message to a Pakistani government that remains unable or unwilling to crack down on the extremist organization.

Captured Militant Reaffirms Role of Pakistan in Mumbai Attacks

Zabiuddin Ansari’s statements to Indian police have reinforced evidence of Pakistani intelligence’s role in a terror plot that killed six Americans at the same time Pakistan was receiving billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

New Evidence of Pakistan’s Role in the Mumbai Attacks?

Details are emerging about the Mumbai suspect arrested by Indian authorities last week.

Report: White House Expands Role in Guiding Drone Targets

In a sign of increased sensitivity over U.S. drone strategy, White House counterterror chief John Brennan has taken command of … Continue reading

Poppy Eradication in Afghanistan on the Rise

Poppy eradication in Afghanistan has nearly tripled in the past year amid violent resistance from farmers, as NATO prepares to … Continue reading

Afghanistan’s Former Spymaster Warns of Civil War

Afghanistan’s former spy chief Amrullah Saleh told NPR this morning that the new strategic partnership agreement with the U.S. is a good step, but warns of the consequences if the U.S. engages in talks with the Taliban.

Colleagues Call British Aid Worker’s Murder in Pakistan “Senseless and Barbaric”

Khalil Dale, a British aid worker employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was found dead in Pakistan yesterday, almost four months after he was kidnapped while he was driving home from his office in Quetta.

Afghanistan’s Opium Production on the Rise

Opium production will rise across Afghanistan in 2012, spreading to more parts of the country than it has in the last few years, according to a new UN assessment.

What Changes Will New U.S.-Afghan Night Raids Deal Bring?

After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan reached an agreement on Sunday that will transfer more control of controversial night raid operations to Afghan forces, allowing the two governments to move ahead in negotiating a broader strategic-partnership agreement.

Afghanistan’s ‘Dancing Boys’ Exploitation on the Rise

Bacha bazi — an ancient practice in which young Afghan boys are sold by families to “entertain” men – is on the rise, according to a new report.

Dispute Over Detention Policy Delays Night Raids Agreement

The U.S. and Afghanistan are near reaching a deal that would give Kabul greater control over night raids — the controversial signature tactic of the U.S.-led kill/capture campaign in the country — and allow the two governments to move ahead in negotiating a broader strategic-partnership agreement.

U.S. Offers Up to $10 Million Reward for Alleged Mumbai Mastermind

The day after the U.S. announced up to a $10 million reward “for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed,” the suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks brazenly took to the media to defend himself.

The Covert Convert Behind the CIA’s Drone Program

“He presides over a campaign that has killed thousands of Islamist militants and angered millions of Muslims,” wrote The Washington Post’s Gregg Miller, in a rare profile of the head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC). “But he is himself a convert to Islam.”


Nov. 21, 2002

In Search of Al Qaeda

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE's 10,000 mile journey that conveys just what the U.S. is up against. (Web site »)
Mar. 5, 1985

Buying the Bomb

(60 minutes) Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh presents his first television investigation for Frontline. After six months of work, Hersh uncovers the story of a Pakistani businessman who tried to ship electrical devices which can be used as nuclear bomb triggers out of the US to Pakistan.
Dec. 11, 1984

Red Star Over Khyber

(60 minutes) In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. On the fifth anniversary of the invasion, Frontline correspondent Richard Reeves reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan, examining the stalemate in the Persian Gulf and the pressure placed on Pakistan to accept over one million Afghan refugees.



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