INSIDE THE GREEN BERETS: AFGHANISTAN
Writer / Director: Steve Hoggard
Director of Photography: Ryan Hill
Executive Producers: Daphna Rubin, Steve Hoggard, Howard Swartz
In a remote outpost in south-central Afghanistan, 24 Americans work to ‘pacify’ a hostile river valley the size of Rhode Island.
They are Green Berets: U.S. Army Special Forces charged with battling the Taliban and Al Qaeda while winning the hearts and minds of locals who often see the Americans as simply the latest of a string of invaders dating back centuries.
The Pentagon normally limits media embeds with Navy SEALs and Green Berets to 48-hours. The Hoggard team was given 10 days in the combat zone to chronicle the lives of these war-hardened Special Force troopers.
But in the dead of night, on a distant Afghan ridge, the trip is cut brutally short, leaving 8 Green Berets and two of our film crew dead or wounded in the worst mass casualty event to date for Special Forces in Afghanistan.