Prisoner of the Taliban

by Laura Ellis on September 14, 2010

In February of 2008, acclaimed journalist Jere Van Dyk was ambushed and taken captive by the Taliban in a remote area on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The harrowing ordeal lasted some 45 days, with the prospect of a quick and violent death ever-present. Van Dyk joins us Wednesday on State of Affairs to share his story, and his broad knowledge of the Taliban, as detailed in his book, “Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban.”

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Neil Aho September 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

That was one of the most breathless hours of radio I’ve ever experienced. Kudos to your host for allowing Van Dyk the freedom to unspool his story uninterrupted. His firsthand account went further to underscore the fact that the United States is involved in a war with a people and a region that we fundamentally do not understand. One with its own customs, mores, history, and goals. Thanks to the author and your host!

Laura Ellis September 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

Thank you for your comment, Neil, and for listening!

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