The Revolutionary War lasted eight years and four months. The American Civil War was just over four years. And American involvement in World War II lasted three years and eight months. But U.S. troops have been on the ground in Afghanistan for over 12 years and five months.
The continuing conflict in the longest war in American history is the subject of "The Hornet's Nest," a feature documentary that puts you on the front lines with the troops in Afghanistan. The film focuses on long-time war correspondent Mike Boettcher and son Carlos, who were embedded journalists in some of the most dangerous areas of the country during military operations.
Mike Boettcher gave the first live satellite report for CNN on the day the network launched in 1980, and he has reported on conflicts across the globe for over three decades. He was kidnapped by militants in El Salvador in 1985, and survived bombing attacks in Iraq. He's also won a Peabody Award and six Emmys. Carlos grew up hopping the globe with his father, and it instilled a passion for international journalism as well. As a producer for ABC News, Carlos has also won a Peabody as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award.
"The Hornet's Nest" culminates with the Boettcher's coverage of Operation Strong Eagle 3, where the Army's 101st Airborn Division went deep into Afghanistan's Kunar Province, known as "The Heart of Darkness." The mission was intended to last 24 to 48 hours, but it lasted nine days with significant casualities.
"To have the opportunity to make 'The Hornet's Nest' is the ultimate reward," says Carlos Boettcher, "the greatest payback I could ever give to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day not just to protect my father and me, but to protect our country."
"The Hornet's Nest" opens nationally on May 23.