Rohde’s five-part series, “Held by the Taliban,” debuted yesterday and will continue all week. His recollection of his kidnapping is frightening and moving — a reminder of the dangers reporters in war torn territories face every day. With each word, you have to remind yourself that Rohde managed to survive, otherwise it would be too difficult to read.
“Over those months, I came to a simple realization. After seven years of reporting in the region, I did not fully understand how extreme many of the Taliban had become,” Rodhe writes. “They wanted to create a fundamentalist Islamic emirate with Al Qaeda that spanned the Muslim world.”