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Held by the Taliban – a story of escape

October 26, 2009

An excellent and riveting story of NY Times reporter David Rohde and his escape from Taliban captivity by the Haqqani tribal group.

Divided into 5 parts, a very well written account of a the reporter’s capture, endurance and final escape.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/world/asia/18hostage.html

Living side by side with the Haqqanis’ followers, I learned that the goal of the hard-line Taliban was far more ambitious. Contact with foreign militants in the tribal areas appeared to have deeply affected many young Taliban fighters. They wanted to create a fundamentalist Islamic emirate with Al Qaeda that spanned the Muslim world.

I had written about the ties between Pakistan’s intelligence services and the Taliban while covering the region for The New York Times. I knew Pakistan turned a blind eye to many of their activities. But I was astonished by what I encountered firsthand: a Taliban mini-state that flourished openly and with impunity.

The Taliban government that had supposedly been eliminated by the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was alive and thriving.

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