GlobalPost Examines the Complex History of the Taliban in the Multimedia Series "Life, Death, and the Taliban"

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An ambitious multimedia series from GlobalPost provides a rare look at the Taliban and sheds new light on this secretive and formidable enemy.

offering a mix of news and features that only a handful of other news organizations can rival

As the war in Afghanistan has seen its bloodiest days recently, the international news site GlobalPost launches "Life, Death, and the Taliban," an ambitious multimedia series beginning August 10 that provides a rare look at the Taliban and sheds new light on this secretive and formidable enemy. Through compelling video, audio, photography and written reports, GlobalPost Executive Editor Charles M. Sennott and a team of GlobalPost correspondents and photographers tell the story of the Taliban and examine America's struggle to confront it. Through interviews with former Taliban insiders as well as high-level U.S. military officials, this gripping interactive presentation dissects an extraordinarily complex situation that is key to America's security.

"We totally missed the boat, man. We had a chance in 2004 to provide good, solid governance and we trusted that (President) Karzai would do it," said Col. John Agolia, director of the counter-insurgency training center in Kabul. "From governance flows security and development. And without governance, I don't care how many forces you put on the ground, you won't get security and you won't get development."

With Afghans preparing to elect a president August 20, "Life, Death, and the Taliban" comes at a pivotal moment for Afghanistan and America's battle against the growing insurgency.

"With President Obama calling for dialogue with moderate elements of the Taliban, we sought out those Taliban leaders and met directly with them. And we spoke with the U.S. military's counter-insurgency experts on the ground about an escalating battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people - a battle they concede they are losing in many places," says Sennott, GlobalPost's Executive Editor and the former Middle East bureau chief of the Boston Globe. "What we are trying to do in this ambitious interactive series is to help our audience understand the complexity of Afghanistan and to examine the undeniable truth that the Taliban still holds sway in the country's impenetrable terrain, a land that has been the graveyard for empires though the ages."

With contributions from acclaimed photographer Seamus Murphy and award-winning GlobalPost correspondents Shahan Mufti (Pakistan) and Jean MacKenzie (Afghanistan), "Life, Death, and the Taliban" gives a comprehensive look at this armed religious movement that takes its name from the Arabic word Talib, meaning "one who is seeking." The series includes documentary videos on: the history of the Taliban; how elementary schools are on the frontlines of the conflict; a look at Pakistan's complicated relationship with the Taliban; rare interviews with former Taliban insiders; and Murphy's extraordinary 15 year look at the struggles one Afghan family has endured through the war years and emerges with a sense of hope.

"Life, Death, and the Taliban" also features written and interactive reports including: a profile of a school built by an American that shows education on the frontline of the war; an examination of Taliban finances: how is it funded and how it spends its money; a report on life under the Taliban; and a look at counter-insurgency strategies that will be the backbone of U.S. efforts in a war --now longer than any other American war except Vietnam--that has no end in sight.

About GlobalPost
GlobalPost is the acclaimed international news site with outstanding original reporting from 50 country-based journalists in all regions of the world. Lauded by The New York Times as "offering a mix of news and features that only a handful of other news organizations can rival," GlobalPost offers fresh, in-depth perspective on the changing global picture that affects us all by combining traditional journalistic values and the power of new media at a site that readers find fascinating and entertaining. GlobalPost is the vision of journalist and media entrepreneur Philip S. Balboni and award-winning foreign correspondent Charles M. Sennott.

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