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VICE Preview: “Afghanistan After Us” and “La Haine” 

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Photo Credit: Jackson Fager/HBO

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Is Afghanistan losing the war on terror? Large portions of the country are still controlled by the Taliban and there’s not much the U.S. Military-trained Afghan forces can do about it, especially with little or no support from U.S. or British governments. Correspondent Ben Anderson goes to the Helmand Province to take the temperature of the country we’ve left behind to talk to the child soldiers — boys as young as 10 — and ordinary Afghan citizens who must defend their villages.

Photo Credit: Jackson Fager/HBO
Photo Credit: Jackson Fager/HBO

“Afghanistan After Us” synopsis, from HBO:

Last year, the U.S. began withdrawing combat troops from the longest war in our history: Afghanistan. But the war isn’t ending just because we’re leaving. This year, Afghan National Security Forces deaths and civilian casualties are both at record highs, and opium cultivation is at its highest since the war began. Ben Anderson returns to Helmand, the country’s most violent province, to investigate the security situation in Afghanistan as American involvement winds down.

Photo Credit: Chris Gill/HBO
Photo Credit: Chris Gill/HBO

You know about the attack on Charlie Hebdo, but why were they a target for extremists? Correspondent Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to explore the deep religious and ethnic tensions that plague the country. The social unrest there is at all all time high because many Muslims feel discriminated against and many Jews feel attacked. Is the answer to restrict immigration? The National Front thinks so, but their views have been likened to Fascism.

“La Haine” synopsis, from HBO:

The horrific attack at the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 made headlines around the world – and underscored the deep religious and cultural tensions rocking France. Distrust is growing between Muslims living in Paris’s depressed suburbs, and a Jewish community that feels increasingly under threat. Meanwhile, a far right-wing political party is making gains by opposing immigration and diversity. Vikram Gandhi goes to Paris to gauge the causes of the growing hate in the City of Lights.

VICE airs Fridays at 11/10c on HBO.

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