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Understanding the insurgents is a basic part of reporting on the Afghan war, but it's a remarkably difficult task. I've had several meetings with individual Taliban since I started covering Afghanistan, but personal contacts with the insurgents are growing more dangerous because they have started kidnapping journalists.

So we decided to try an unscientific survey.

I've been working with a researcher in Kandahar since September of 2006, meeting with him regularly for long sessions of tea and talk. He's a close friend of The Globe and Mail translators in the city. I often send him on fact-finding trips to places that would be off-limits for anybody without strong connections to the insurgency, and over many months he has learned basic journalism skills. This project involved tasks at which he's already proven reliable: Find a specific person, point a camera at them, ask questions fro

Added: Jun-16-2008 
By: mastodon
Afghanistan, Middle East
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