IAMA filmmaker for VICE, Ben Anderson. I've been covering the war in Afghanistan for the last six years. AMA
Hello. My name is Ben Anderson. I've been covering various wars for the last twelve years.
For the last six years, I've been traveling to Helmand, Afghanistan's most violent province. I've seen huge loss of life and limb there- and destruction of property. Most of the country has now been handed over to the Afghan security forces, which is supposed to be progress. Some officials even claim it is victory. I was with those security forces last November and December, and the chaos and corruption I saw was deeply shocking.
I can't avoid thinking that we aren't leaving because we have achieved our goals, we are leaving because we've given up on them.
You can watch the whole film on VICE here: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/vice-news/this-is-what-winning-looks-like-full-length
The official statements say we are handing the Afghan people a rosy future. My film shows that is far from true... which has led to many questions. I wanted to do this to try and give you some honest answers - AMA
Here's a link to a tweet I just did about this AMA: https://twitter.com/BenJohnAnderson/status/335410756751351808
EDIT: Dear all, I'm exhausted and gasping for a drink... Thanks for all the questions. It's made my day to think that the film had this much impact...I'm heading home now, but will check in again later if there are any more questions. Hopefully I answered most, even though I couldn't answer every question that was along similar lines...