Battleground Afghanistan looks inside the latest chapter of the Afghan conflict as seen by American Marines on the front lines of the war. As tens of thousands of troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Captain Ben Middendorf and his men of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marinesbased at Camp Pendleton in San Diegoare staying behind to continue the fight. These Marines are taking the fight directly to the Taliban with a mission to locate, disrupt, and destroy the enemy.
Episodes include First Contact, Booby Traps & Poppy Fields, Fighting Ghosts, Trapped by the Taliban, Homeward Bound.
First Contact Capt. Ben Middendorf and the men of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, enter the most dangerous place in Afghanistan with two objectives: disrupt and destroy the Taliban, without losing a man.
Booby Traps & Poppy Fields Golf Company must reach and clear a drug baron’s compound, and under constant fire they have an even grimmer threat looming in the back of their minds: IEDs.
Fighting Ghosts Golf Company continues their relentless surge, encountering civilians for the first time, and hunting for the enemy’s command center.
Trapped by the Taliban Fourteen days into Golf Company’s mission, Capt. Middendorf has a bead on a Taliban command and control center. And with Taliban forces reeling under his company’s attack, he hopes to land a telling blow before mission’s end.
Homeward Bound On their last mission before their scheduled return home, Golf Company face one last hurdle while raiding a narcotics processing site: they are separated, and under fire.