The scripted war

During the Afghan war, Western journalists failed to critically probe either US military policy or the complexities of the Taliban legacy in Afghanistan. The reporting suffered, and many important questions have yet to be asked.

Barely had a group of international journalists reached Kandahar when Western reporters started receiving messages from their companies back home that the Pentagon was refusing to guarantee their security. They were told that the sooner they leave Kandahar, the better, because it was too risky for them to stay and work in the Taliban headquarters.

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