How could the Taliban win a war against the strongest army of the world, and retake the country with almost no fighting? To see this only in its present context is to take a very limited view of this watershed moment. This take-over has been in the making for long and therefore needs to be also understood in light of its complex history.
Armed with only a fuzzy black-and-white photo of the man, investigative journalist Bette Dam decided to track down the reclusive Taliban chief mullah Omar. But in the course of what had seemed an almost impossible job, she got to know the Taliban inside out, and realized how dangerously misinformed the global forces fighting it were.
Bette Dam in conversation with Sana Safi.