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FRONTLINE: Obama’s War

Airs Tuesday, October 13 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Foot patrol in Helmand, Afghanistan with Echo Company of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. Marines in Helmand come under near daily attack as they attempt to clear the area.

Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counter-insurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But can U.S. forces succeed in a land long known as the "graveyard of empires?" "FRONTLINE" producers Martin Smith ("Beyond Baghdad," "Return of the Taliban") and Marcela Gaviria ("In Search of Al Qaeda") once again make the dangerous journey to the front lines of America's biggest fight. Through interviews with the top U.S. commanders on the ground, embeds with U.S. forces and fresh reporting from Washington, Smith and Gaviria examine U.S. counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.

Watch a 24-minute rough cut of this film and interviews online.