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For war reporters, safe passage always a gamble

For correspondents, wrong choices can mean capture, death

Note: This article originally ran on Jan. 6, 2013, shortly after news of James Foley’s abduction was reported.

It was July 2011, and I was in northern Afghanistan with a story to report: the return of the Taliban to a region that had celebrated the Islamists’ defeat in 2001. A translator I had met only a few days earlier was offering to set up an interview with village leaders who were trying to keep out militants who had taken control of nearby towns.

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