December 10th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Life among U.S. enemies: Embedded with the Taliban

Editor's Note: CNN's "Taliban" documentary explores filmmaker Paul Refsdal's embed with the Taliban and reveals the Taliban at war and at rest, preparing weapons and coordinating ambushes, praying, playing, even at home with their families. It airs on CNN TV Saturday, December 11, 8 p.m. ET

Rarely seen by outsiders, the daily life of a regional Taliban commander named Dawran and his militant fighters is dominated by extremes: love and war, attack and retreat, life and death.

For nine days in October 2009, Norwegian journalist Paul Refsdal was behind the lines with the Taliban, embedded as no Western filmmaker before him. And he was there to witness firsthand the jarring juxtapositions in Dawran's life, at turns - directing an attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan's treacherous mountains - then hours later at home, a father playing with his children.

To capture these intimate and unprecedented images, Refsdal risked his life to embed with Dawran and his fighters in Kunar Province - the northeastern region where al Qaeda is active and Osama bin Laden was once rumored to be hiding.

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    July 16, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. attaiztacrign

    Если не смеяться над двадцатым веком, то надо застрелиться. Но долго смеяться над ним нельзя. Скорее взвоешь от горя.
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    June 29, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. nuseFreet

    Любимый фильм на ваш взгляд !

    Пользователи сообщества afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com поделитесь

    Мой – Кавказская пленница, или новые приключения Шурика

    May 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Education Consultants Pakistan

    If you want to see the mind blowing article with real facts and figures, this has really tremendous impacts on readers.

    April 23, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. RDX

    Hinduism teaches me to tolerate and respect all human beings and their faith,and love mankind.
    But ,people like Mr Ayub.....u will not be spared even by your own so called god,in the name of who u preache hatred.
    These people are curse to whole humanity.
    ur comments really show your sense of inferiority complex to all other religions.
    you people have to depend on begging for food and u talk of jihad.
    May ur allah bring more misery to you(like floods which u recently had) so that u repent.

    Merry Christmas.

    December 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BTDT

    Thank you CNN for removing at least some of the graffitti vomited in here by this jerk who calls himself Bledsoe(not to confuse him with the true Bledsoe). I get so sick and tired of looking at it.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Really-Daniel-2?

      December 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy.....

    1:21pm on DECEMBER 12TH. NOT MY POST. Phunny boy...you are ..SO DESPERATE ...SO THEY HAVE ERASED YOUR NAME ......FROM THIS WORLD THAT YOU USE MY NAME?

    December 14, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. jasonlee99

    HEY THE TALIBS, (WHOEVER IS READING THIS). GO AHEAD KILL AS MANY F. GR...GOS AS YOU POSSIBLE CAN. AS MANY AS 1 MLN OR EVEN MORE THAN THAT!!! HAIL TO THE BRAVE TALIBS FOR THE DEATHS OF SCORES little ameris

    December 14, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      jasonlee 99 .. trying to upgrade Talibs to do something bigger than nose cutting. ? you must be the new commander of Talib

      December 14, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Ayub, I would not waste my time watching your propaganda from you tube. Your actions are full of arrogance and hatred let alone the hypocritical remarks against people who do not follow your Islamic beliefs!

    December 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Sorry Ayub,I didn't post the above as I fully agree with you. We have no right to be in your country.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don

        Merry Christmas.

        December 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        You fool using my name, this guy is most likely from Pakistan and will die for total Islamic domination.

        December 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I totally agree with you Ayub. Thank you

    December 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      That makes two of us,Dan.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      Not me!

      December 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiro T.Agnew

      Go Phunnie boy,go!!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dindy.....

    YAK-O-BOY...I am sure..You can say something better than this .

    December 13, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dindy.....

    1:21 pm December 12th not my post. you ALL WILL SEE MANY OF THESE FALSE POSTS IN MY NAME LATER THIS YEAR .JUST IGNORE. I MAY NOT ABLE TO RESPOND SOMETIMES TO SAY IT IS NOT MINE. But please try to recognize the Phunny boy. May God Help him and give God's peace to him!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      He does this to me all the time Dindy, as one can plainly see from above. Like I said before,I complained to CNN many times to no avail.

      December 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Now you see what I mean,Dindy. He just did it to me again!

        December 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bledsoe

    Unbelievable!

    December 13, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dindy.....

    mcmurdo proud military fiance...... I thought he was going to come last month or earlier as you had said. yet he will come .They dont tell exact days for security reasons.
    To end this war Pakistan must help more honestly. but I dont think so. I only pray that we all get an answer for this problem. ! Hope you will get some good news about him soon with the help of God Almighty!!!
    Please do not allow your mind to be clouded with anything ..but trust in him our lord!!! He will return !!

    December 12, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Allah is a term used by Muslims as the moon god al-ilah, put together to call the almighty God!

      December 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • mcmurdo proud military fiance

      Hi dindy yes I Know I thought he was coming in november but like you said they dont say out of security and there is no internet where he is and that makes it even hard but I have my faith to rely on and trust , my saviour jesus christ and yes also to you dan yes it is what jesus would want us all to do is love but people have a choice as to what they want in this life so and the only thing we can do is pray , thanks for asking and reminding me there dindy of my fiance

      December 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        Mcmurdo......what I do is ..thanking for every big and small things god has done (I am sure you do it too) My heart was heavy during Boot camp where my son was those days. I was so worried not knowing what was going on. Military was not my choice. Yet God had taken care of him . I believe God is Almighty because God is the only one who can lift our mind and heart whenever it is so heavy with pain sorrow from worldly matters.
        we have to fully surrender to God and take our hands out from the problem. But I am worse than you some times. I do pray for others actually yet I worry too😦 It is not nice . I must trust God fully and should be in fine balance with God.
        PRAISE AND RAISE God"s name on the throne of prayers. !!

        December 14, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. mcmurdo proud military fiance

    you know to tell you the truth, i am getting sick of this war my self and my fiance is over there fighting these fools who dont know god and it is really hard not knowing how he is, if i was there i would have a hard time not loving the people but with the lords help and compassion it is able to be done, otherwise out of frustration i would shoot them all like they are my turkey for christmas day , but i will love them and pray for their souls yes

    December 12, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Of course they know God. It's the heavily armed NATO forces who don't. The NATO troops are serving only the interests of giant corporations who seek to exploit Afghanistan's natural resources.

      December 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka

        Beautifully put,Greg. Thank you.

        December 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      mcmurdo this is God's will, what you say is what Jesus would want us all to do! Maybe He will soften their hearts and they can learn to love all people no matter what their belief may be. Love can change all men, but submission only perverts power!

      December 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Jesus will Not fight against anyone as the Son of God, But as the Father with his angels and followers will fight the good fight against the anti-Christ and son of the devil!

    December 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Dan lafayette.....good posts . I believe. God's angels will definitely come to choose between evil and good. God has already set aside criminals to do more sins it seems .

      December 12, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Fact is Mohammad and his parents were pagans and like most Arabs and Persians prayed to moon and sun gods before he read the Holy Bible and made himself out to be a false prophet taking verses from the Bible to claim that not only the prophets were telling prophecy about him but also the Son of God aho not only came to save the world from their sins but also to show the Pharisees that if you obey the law by the book but have no love for others your life is wasted away!

      December 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Dindy.... They are the anti-Christ that Jesus spoke of and they will continue to kill all infidels until they have achieved global domination. They are in most every country and when the second coming of Christ has passed they will deceive the world for a time, a time and a half of a time. then they will become the most ruthless killers ever seen on earth for another 3 1/2 years until God overpowers the son of the devil and all the anti-Christ, this being the great tribulation!

    December 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dindy.....

    All the pakis in Sri lanka Must go away. If they have a proud Pakistan and noble way what the hell are they doing here.? Must be selling Python oil and drugs.

    December 11, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Why would I study such falsehood and hatred of others?

      December 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Do not lie. May be Afghan refugees, Sri lankan immigrants went to Canada.Australia, England and other countries in Urope. You are very well trained to lie.

      December 12, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dindy.....

    Ayub......khan kanjarzai....If I also go to think like you ..I have to kill many of my neighbors as they worship Khali, Ganesh, Vishnu, and many other Idols. Additional to that some of them practice witch craft. (Black magic) If we go to kill people like that we have to go to jail. Other wise we have to die with them. But you know what ...God has better ways when need to punish someone. why God has kept Ice burgs. why Volcano irruptions? God has many other ways to punish them wisely.we human beings make bigger mess when do things. Leave it in the hands of Almighty the wise and noble one.

    December 11, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  20. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    What and let the terrorists have their way with the people, IDIOT, that's why were in Afghanistan!

    December 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Hey you,post under your own name,will you? Please!!!

      December 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        why are you such a fool?

        December 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Did you meet your gigolo friend yet?

        December 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        I guess that means no you didn't!

        December 13, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  21. Dindy.....

    AYUB....GOD WILL BRING THEM TO SALVATION OR PUNISH THEM THE WAY GOD WANT.YOU ARE NOT SUITABLE TO TAKE THE PLACE OF GOD.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dindy.....

    WILL LONG LIVE AS FAR AS GETTING HELP FROM OUT SIDE WORLD. PROUD FOR NOTHING . JUST A CURSE FOR REST OF THE WORLD. TO FEED TERRORISTS ASKING MORE BEANS FROM OUT SIDE. NO BODY WILL BELIEVE YOU IF HAS BRAINS. THESE HINDU THINGS ARE NOT CHRISTIAN LIFE STYLE. SO WHY BRINGING UP SOMETHING DOES NOT APPLY TO CHRISTIANS. THIS CAN BE SOME THING FROM INDIA. MAY GOD BRING TO SALVATION. AMEN.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jasonlee99

      THE ONLY THING YOU NEED IS TO LOSE IN AFGHAN (YOU STINKY little gri...o). YOU HAVE ALREADY LOST IN IRAQ (MUCH MUCH BETTER COUNTRY THAN MISERABLE gri...land, YANKEES-MONKEYS). THE TALIBS ARE GONNA F. YOU UP. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT...............

      December 14, 2010 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Jasonlee99, God will punish you for your sins unless you ask Jesus to forgive you and repent!

      December 14, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    The body after death is of no use to the owner, whatever he wishes to do with it is his decision and none of your business.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Your spirit will forever be in the fiery pit!

      December 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Dan.........OUR BODY is given to us by God. choice is ours how we use it. what ever we do is recorded in our mind. our spirit get unclean with our acts and we get burn forever with rude and unclean acts against God. yet I dont want to kill sinners yet I will tell them what they do is wrong. God will punish them if they do things against God. Or God will bring to salvation. second option is much better than killing human.

      December 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Ayub....Jesus was a true follower of God. He had Mercy on sinners. worst sinners like Maria Magdalena. That is why we should pray and preach them so they will learn it is wrong. to worship cows and Monkeys. IF we kill them we too become murderers for killing mischief and misled children on earth. They are still God"s creation but misled by sins.

      December 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I TELL YOU THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR JUDGMENT OF PEOPLE AND ALL OF YOUR HATRED, YOU WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD AND HE WILL THROW YOU INTO THE FIERY PIT AND YOU WILL BURN FOR ETERNITY!

    December 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    These people may be crazy but that DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO KILL THEM OR ANYBODY ELSE FOR WHAT THEY DO! MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS !!!

    December 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Dan..good post again. peaceful comment.

      December 11, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  26. Dindy.....

    Dan.....Thank you . just wanted to know what they are up to when sunsets in other countries at this moment.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dindy.....

    proud pakistan army ..new face......you can establish your inn shalla Muslim Islam only in your jungle right behind you but not far than that. Too proud which God hates most .

    December 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Whatever it is it does not hold or practice the beliefs of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ!

      December 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Killathethrilla

      Many have tried and all the fools died, then you too will die Camel Boy!!!!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Well put,Ayub. Thank you.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      fight without begging for food during floods you sinners who helped terrorists. This video is not from Pakistan Army or Pakistan government for sure but from Bin"s pets.

      December 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      How can you damn paki fight with any one else when you cant control the devil in your own land. .

      December 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Ayub you show no respect for Jesus when you call Him a Prophet! That is like saying He is just another man when in FACT He is GOD INHUMAN FORM!!!!

      December 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dindy.....

    Misled ....too stupid to understand what has happened to this world. Paki is having a snake dance till the next floods come.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    These kind of people are the ANTI-CHRIST and all of God's Loving People Must Put Their Energy AND PRAYERS to our armed forces to stop these Islamic Extremists!

    December 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      You and your false prophet Mohammad made this up over 500 years past the time of Jesus and you do not know Him ! And again He will tell you that He does not know you!!!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcmurdo proud military fiance

      I so agree with you there Dan in Lafayetter,IN

      December 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I didn't post that bla-bla-bla above,mcmurdo. That was my impostor. While it is true true that the Muslims don't accept Christ as the son of God,they do believe that he was a very good man and a prophet of God.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      EITHER YOU ACCEPT HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR OR YOU DON'T. IF YOU CALL HIM A PROPHET YOU ARE NOT ACCEPTING HIM AS THE MESSIAH, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN(SEED OR OTHERWISE)SON OF GOD! HE IS THE HOLY SPIRIT IMPLANTED INTO THE VIRGIN MARY, GOD IN HUMAN FORM!!!!!

      December 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Andrew Lubin

    That's what I say. Thank you Ayub.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  31. BANGASH

    This is an eye opening video, an eyewitness accounts, truth of 360 degrees, gives one clear message that there will be no end if there is war and it has been proved wrong that might is right. Son of Dawran at such young age proudly inherit legacy of wars imposed on them by the US occupation indicate how this war can be prolonged and how devastating it can be with the passage of time. There is a sensible way to avert this catastrophic situation. Stop wars, end occupation and let UNO replace present Allies with neutral and acceptable states. America will have to change and this they will have to show and prove on Afghan soil otherwise there is no respectable way out of this quagmire.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Proud and crazy for nothing Most... Unfortunate thing is they use God name to kill.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Man.. this is not a cricket match to see the score . This is war. In Sri lanka also there were LTTE cadres who was as small as him. This is nothing new.
      If you want to see something important......just look at the Taliban smile of Devil. This is a spiritual war fare. Nose cutters from Afghan land are in a new hunt . Big deal.
      The real Heroes are the people who has come without fear to fight in a strange land if you cant think of it Idiot. They have left their families behind. They have left everything to sacrifice their youth for their country and for their citizens. I dont understand why US sending aids to countries like yours when God punish you with floods.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Will you have a change of heart and give freedom to all people?

      December 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Ask yourself How can you judge mankind and pronounce a judgment of death because of their belief!

        December 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        If you believe that then why would you say if they want to play then they will pay? Is this not taking away their choice or belief in the way they want to live?

        December 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dindy.....

    Taliban know each mountain in their land and to find a good sight where they can launch attacks. So the only option for US and Nato is to take satellite pictures and destroy the enemies. (supporters of Bin) Taliban think God can be used for any purpose . crazy and proud for nothing

    December 10, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ernie Beatty

    The NATO forces have to be paid to fight whereas these guys do it for free. I'm worried.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Ernie Beatty..They too get benefit from doing it.

      December 10, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Joshua

      This is insane. Theres a point of getting the story and then theres going too far. I consider this treason. If you KNOW of an impeding ambush attack on coalition forces and do nothing about it in an attempt to get an insiders view, you are an idiot. Thats the media for you. Very disappointed that CNN even aired this, I will no longer watch this station. We're losing to many good friends over there, and you guys are airing this trash.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Rumba

        I thought about that a lot. I wouldn't do what he did. Not because I support the US millitary (I don't), I just cannot suport the thought of knowing someone (anyone!) is getting killed, and sit there and watch it.
        But, those Taliban had a point. They are fighting for their land. Wthat is the US army doing there for 9 years?? what do they want to accomplish?

        December 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • zuesman

      am i the only person that thinks 9/11 was an inside job the bbc just did a special on how the cia paid people to dress like terrorist for the cameras after the attacks and why hasn't cnn been on the case can u say cover up were are the black boxs from the plains i thought they were industructable

      December 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Quite true zuesman,but the right-wing media being controlled by the MIC,doesn't want the public to know. It proves just how much the MIC(military-industrial-complex) is in control of things in Washington!

        December 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        You can say that again,Dan!!!

        December 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don

        Hello,everybody.

        December 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Priceless!

        December 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        I keep seeing these posts from this bozo who calls himself Bledsoe just like the above. It reminds me of all the writing on the walls in the men's room in high school. Some guys never change!!!

        December 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Yes-Daniel-2!

        December 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |