Yalda Hakim travelled to Afghanistan to interview the man negotiating peace with the Taliban, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, about the progress that’s been made in the 10 years since the allied invasion.
But hours before her arrival, he was killed in a suicide bomb attack and she was instead attending his funeral.
It was part of Yalda’s very personal experience returning to the country of her birth for Dateline.
She finds despair about the future among ordinary Afghans, who live in a chaos where the Taliban still attracts both fear and support.
Inside one of the country’s most notorious prisons, a failed suicide bomber tells her that he’d be happy for the west to face more terrorist attacks.
So has talking to the Taliban failed? And with the US withdrawal scheduled for 2014, what hope is there after 10 years of Operation Enduring Freedom?
WATCH - Yalda presents a special edition of Dateline from Afghanistan.
SUICIDE BOMBER INTERVIEW - Watch Yalda's interview with failed suicide bomber Qari Ramazan in full.
FRONTLINE RESCUE - Also in this program, Dateline goes into the Afghan battlefield with a brave team of US flying doctors to rescue soldiers and civilians with horrific injuries.
BEHIND THE SCENES - Find out what happened to Yalda and the Dateline team on location in Afghanistan by watching our behind the scenes feature. There are also more photos from the trip on Yalda's facebook page.
INTERACTIVE - Use our interactive guide for analysis of the main events during the 10 years of war in Afghanistan.
WORLD NEWS AUSTRALIA - SBS's World News Australia has a special section with more coverage of the 10 year Afghan War and news stories marking the anniversary, including an SBS Radio interview with Yalda about her story.
REPLAY - Look back at Dateline's other recent stories from Afghanistan, including our special program marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Photo (protest): AAP
On air: 9th October 2011