For 8 years the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have bogged down US and NATO troops in Afghanistan GÇô all the while seizing territory and creating chaos in nuclear-armed Pakistan. NG documents the fight on the ground and in the skies above these border regions controlled by the Taliban, known as 'Talibanistan'. Inside this de facto country is a small sliver of land, the Federally Administered Tribal Area, where the Taliban leadership are thought to be hiding. Under pressure from the US, Pakistan announced that it would launch a military campaign to destroy the Taliban. The Taliban responded with a series of brazen attacks against the Pakistani Army, police, and civilians, leaving the US in doubt over PakistanGÇÖs ability to secure its nuclear weapons, and its own ability to fight the agile Taliban in Afghanistan. Is this ObamaGÇÖs Vietnam or will he be the first to pacify Afghanistan? LOST TREASURES: HIDDEN BUDDHA At the crossroads of the Silk Road, Afghanistan gathered many ancient treasures. But, in the last three decades, war and terrorism have devastated AfghanistanGÇÖs cultural legacy. As a new Afghanistan emerges from the ruins, a brave group of cultural warriors is fighting to preserve its heritage. Two men set out on historic quests to rediscover AfghanistanGÇÖs greatest lost treasures. One, a Russian archaeologist, seeks to prove the existence of one of the ancient worldGÇÖs greatest troves, containing more gold objects than the tomb of King Tut. The other, an Afghan archaeologist, is on the trail of riches greater than gold GÇö one of the largest statues ever created. To build their future, heroic Afghans reclaim their past GÇö the lost treasures of Afghanistan.
National Geographic: Inside Talibanistan
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