Green Berets who liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban tell their stories in new documentary


In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Defense Department sent two teams of Army Special Forces soldiers to Afghanistan to bring down the Taliban.

But the two didn't know about each other, and though each team's story became a book, they've been brought together for the first time in "Legion of Brothers," a documentary produced by CNN Films along with journalist Peter Bergen and documentarian Tresha Mabile. 

"All these years, we’ve become so compartmented because the war’s continued. We didn’t know each other’s stories," retired Master Sgt. Scott Neil said Wednesday evening at a screening of the film in Washington, D.C. "I was amazed every time I would hear another team’s stories about the things they did."

Using personal photos and video from the deployment, blended with group and individual interviews of the former members of 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group and their wives, director Greg Barker brought together the stories of Operational Detachment Alpha 574 and ODA 595.

Production began back in 2015 and, the retired Green Berets said, the opportunity to participate came just at the right time.

"Our entire team was nearing retirement, and we knew they were going to complete their time on active service," said retired Maj. Mark Nutsch, team leader of ODA 595 in the fall of 2001.


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