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Recent events have sent more foreign journalists to Afghanistan than anytime in that nation's history. Although it's rare for international correspondents to be killed, seven have. Three died in a firefight between the Taliban and Northern Alliance, another four in an ambush on a lonely mountain road. We speak with four combat reporters who risk their lives to get the stories the world needs to hear: Paul Watson, of the Los Angeles Times, Kathy Gannon of Associated Press, Arthur Kent who co-produced the documentary Afghanistan: Captives of the Warlords, and Ahmed Rashid of the Far Eastern Economic Review.
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Afghanistan: Captives of the Warlords

Associated Press

Far Eastern Economic Review

Los Angeles Times

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