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June 22nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Reporter shares horrifying tale as Taliban prisoner

(CNN) – Jere Van Dyk has been inside the mind of the Taliban fighter. Why he wasn't killed and why he was set free are both still a mystery. Van Dyk is an American reporter who went deep into the lawless and dangerous tribal region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and ended up a prisoner. He was forced to convert to Islam and learn the language since he couldn't trust his translator. His book about the experience, "Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban," is out today. He joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss his 45 days of captivity. Watch Video


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  1. Mike M.

    I viewed this interview six times and with each time, I find it just a little more flawed. It may be possible, but it is somewhat difficult to accept the belief he learned an extremely difficult language, and be a scholar of the Koran all in 45 days of capture.
    Next he emphasizes the terrible threat of a Rocket Propelled Grenade pointed directly at him. What idiot whould fire off an RPG at someone standing right in front of him blowing himself up at the same time?
    He is just too giddy about this whole capture story. I guess I will have to spend the money and read the book for further critique, but being a combat veteran myself, something just doesn't add up.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |