National Geographic Channel Sets INSIDE COMBAT RESCUE: THE LAST STAND for 6/15
Following the success of last year's hit series, Inside Combat Rescue, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) returns to the front lines of Afghanistan in Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand. This dramatic two-hour special, premiering on Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, offers a unique, firsthand perspective of the final stages of Operation Enduring Freedom through the eyes of the men and women on the ground and in the air, fighting to protect us.
With remarkable access to the U.S. Air Force and the personnel stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, The Last Stand embeds with the "Reapers," an elite Air Force unit tasked with capturing or killing the highest-level Taliban targets who threaten the lives of the 36,000 people who call Bagram home. Then, we take to the skies once again with the pararescuemen (or PJs) of the 83rd Rescue Squadron. This time around, we'll follow a new group of PJs as they fly into hostile territory to rescue wounded comrades, coalition forces and Afghan citizens. From the uncertainty of surrounding a compound of a suspected weapons dealer with possible ties to the Taliban, to the nail-biting minutes as a convoy unknowingly approaches an IED, to the heartfelt confessions of an airman's concerns about returning home after a long, six-month deployment - the tension, suspense and raw emotion of each moment in Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand is all too real.
Participating in active missions, our cameras travel into hostile territory with the men and women of Reaper Team 5 on a manhunt for a notorious Taliban commander named Subhanullah. The wanted insurgent has orchestrated several attacks on Americans in Afghanistan, including potential involvement in a rocket attack that killed four soldiers waiting at a bus stop on base. The tragic event unfolded while NGC crews were staying and filming at the airfield.
On one particularly high-stakes mission, we join the Reapers as they escort a high-ranking colonel into a Taliban-controlled village believed to be harboring Subhanullah. With cameras and a translator inside the closed-door meeting, see the negotiation unfold firsthand as the American forces persuade village leaders to stop protecting the wanted war criminal. While the mood inside the meeting remains peaceful, tensions mount outside as crowds of villagers arrive, some of whom are throwing rocks.