War Against Terrorism Through the Lens of National Geographic News

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Last updated March 12, 2002

War Against Terrorism Through the Lens of National Geographic News Robert Young Pelton has traveled around the world visiting war zones and meeting rebel leaders. He returned from Afghanistan in December after spending a month traveling with the U.S. Special Forces, and General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former commander in the Northern Alliance and deputy defense minister in the interim government. He discusses his experiences with National Geographic News.

Dispatch From Afghanistan: Aftermath of Fort Uprising Robert Young Pelton is in Afghanistan following the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban and efforts to track down Osama bin Laden, the Saudi millionaire fugitive, after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and other incidents of terrorism. NationalGeographic.com/news will publish his periodic reports from the field. Below, Pelton talks with Brian Handwerk in a phone interview.

Afghanistan: Profile and Photo Gallery

U.S. Buys Up Afghanistan Images From Top Satellite
The Pentagon has bought exclusive rights to all pictures of Afghanistan taken by the world's most powerful commercial imaging satellite, Ikonos, boosting its own intelligence resources while blocking both its military opponents and the media from obtaining pictures of the war zone.

Afghanistan Reporter Looks Back on Two Decades of Change Edward Girardet has visited Afghanistan at least 40 times in the past 23 years to report on the country and its people. He describes his experience and insights in the December National Geographic magazine and in an interview with National Geographic News.

Geographic's Race to Make New Map of Afghanistan
Recent events have provoked a sudden and intense interest in the people and geography of Afghanistan. Mapmakers at the National Geographic Society have responded by creating an up-to-date, detailed picture of the changing situation in the country, National Geographic Today reports.

Afghanistan War Notebook
The early days of Operation Enduring Freedom, including photo galleries.

Pilotless Planes Earn Their Wings in 21st-Century Warfare
Pilotless aircraft—officially "unmanned aerial vehicles"—are increasingly critical in modern warfare. With the ability to fly for days at a time over enemy lines while sending back a stream of video and photographs to soldiers on the ground, they have no crew that may be at risk if the planes are shot down.


Comment: Washington, New York—Bonded by History

Washington and New York are the two cities that define the United States of America's character, writes historian Edward C. Smith. Outwardly vastly different, they nonetheless have much in common and have shared many experiences and personalities in their history. The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 has bound them to one another more tightly.

Attack on America: An Islamic Scholar's Perspective
In an interview with Nationalgeographic.com, Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki of the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, shares his perspective on the tragic events of September 11 and the impact they have had on the United States and the world.

After Terrorist Attack, Afghans in U.S. Challenge Cultural Stereotype
The tragedy of the terrorist attack on the United States has drawn together, but also splintered, the global family. As people around the world unite in grief and efforts to recover, there is a desperate urge for greater understanding of differences in cultures and religions.

Koran a Book of Peace, Not War, Scholars Say
Osama bin Laden, who is widely assumed to be the force behind the September 11 hijackings in the United States, cites the Koran, Islam's most holy book, as the inspiration for terrorist attacks. But Muslim scholars around the world who are reviled by such actions explain that the Koran preaches peace.

Geographic Veteran Reflects on Fear Captured in Photographs
Fear comes in many forms, during famine, war, disease, and other situations of chaos and despair. Karen Kasmauski, who has taken photographs for National Geographic in all corners of the world, has seen the faces of fear in front of her lens many times, and is heartened by the strength of the human spirit.

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