AFGHANISTAN, THE PRICE OF PEACE
Director(s): Claire BILLET – Writer(s): Alberto MARQUARDT, Eric DE LAVARENE Contact Print page
The Afghan war shaped the beginning of the 21st century. Through the personal accounts of key players and participants, Afghans, Americans, French and Pakistanis, we shed light on America’s longest war.
September 2021. Twenty years after September 11 2001, the American army is pulling out of Afghanistan without a proper conclusion: Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, Al-Qaida has almost disappeared but ISIS has taken hold. Democracy is fraught with corruption but, especially, the fighting continues as much as ever. The Taliban, excluded from the 2001 Bonn agreement, have now become necessary partners in peace efforts that no one is sure can succeed.
3,500 western soldiers killed, of which 2,312 were American. 70,000 French military personnel served in Afghanistan and 90 of them died, while hundreds were wounded.
So many Afghans were killed that the UN stopped keeping the grim count, estimated at 60,000 dead.
The war cost the United States more than €3.5 trillion. It also cost billions for France.
Twenty years later, the Afghans who anticipate the return of the Taliban have a sense of tremendous waste… How did we get here? In the two episodes, we examine the principal reason that transformed the hopes for peace, progress and freedom into futility and despair.
Hindsight offers the fresh possibility of questioning the principal players in this tragic story. Top politicians, Afghan, French and American personalities, soldiers and military leaders, war lords, civilians and aid workers… from their experiences, at all levels, we will shed light on these 20 years of war that shook our world of today.