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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December 10th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Suspected drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal region Friday, two intelligence officials said.

The suspected drone fired two missiles at the militant's vehicle in the village of Khadar Khel, in an area of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.

The officials asked not to be named because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The suspected strike was the 101st this year, compared to 52 in all of 2009, based on a CNN count.

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December 10th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

1 still missing after seizure of mine removal team in Afghanistan

One man remains missing on Friday after armed gunmen kidnapped members of a landmine removal team in eastern Afghanistan the night before, a group official said.

The incident took place in Khost province.

Eleven people were seized by the gunmen, said Shah Wali Ayoubi, executive operation manager of the Mine Detection Center.

Ten of those taken were released later Thursday night but another, a driver, remained missing.

The 10 employees returned in good health, Ayoubi said. He also said the gunmen stole a truck filled with tools.

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