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Our War: 10 Years in Afghanistan

“Our War: 10 Years in Afghanistan” is a three-part documentary series released by BBC to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the Afghan War. It provides viewers an inside look on the real terror and danger that every soldier has to face in Afghanistan. Rare images and videos taken by the soldiers themselves were used to portray the life they had during the war. Soldiers were also interviewed to give an account of what they feel about everything that is happening around them as they battle against their enemies.

The first part of the documentary focuses on a platoon whose members consider each other not only as comrades but as family. In 2007, they were assigned to the province of Helmand where their journey was filmed through the helmet camera worn by their sergeant. The same camera caught the death of 19-year-old Private Chris Gray as his group was ambushed by the Taliban.

The second part presents another young platoon from the Grenadier Guards who were faced with the threat of landmines, which they called Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs. Their captain was able to catch on film the death of one of their members who accidentally stepped on a landmine. This lead to a more methodical approach by the military when it came to landmines.

The final part shows how the British soldiers are given the unenviable task of educating the Afghan National Police as they hope to improve the protection of the civilians. Unfortunately, they did not have an easy time doing this as most members of the ANP do not listen or follow their instructions. In fact, an ANP caused serious injuries to a little Afghan girl when he used a rocket-propelled grenade.

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