For most Americans, Afghanistan was a remote nation with little significance before the U.S. military campaign began. By now, every American has seen countless hours of television footage of fierce battles in arid mountains and victorious troops celebrating in the streets of liberated cities. But short television clips capture only the most newsworthy events in Afghanistan. This hour, two journalists who have been on the ground in Afghanistan share their stories and paint a broader picture of the nation and its people. Sebastian Junger was up until recently covering the current war for ABC News, while Rone Tempest covered Afghanistan for several years, including the period during the Soviet invasion.
Sebastian Junger, covered the war for ABC News;
Rone Tempest, correspondent for the LA Times
This program aired on December 14, 2001.