By David Rohde
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by way of the Taliban, and his wife's fight to unfastened him.
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Andiwal blamed the British and the British blamed the Afghans. I began to wonder who was telling the truth and if there were any heroes in Helmand. Twelve hours after interviewing Andiwal, I lay in the back of the car bound and blindfolded. A dynamic that has always existed in journalism had escalated in Iraq and Afghanistan. In an intensifying race to the bottom, the reporter who took the greatest risk often received the highest acclaim. In Bosnia, a desire to expose injustice had primarily driven me, followed by competitiveness and ambition.
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Back at the Times bureau, the power is out, a daily occurrence in Kabul seven years after the American invasion. I had planned to look up other recent interviews with the Taliban but now have no Internet access. I had also wanted to study maps of Logar. All of my colleagues are asleep. I go up to my bedroom and wrestle with the decision. I put my video camera, a blank notebook, and my passport on the desk. The European journalist has recommended I bring identification to prove who I am. Otherwise, the Taliban will think I am a spy.