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Holy War, Unholy Victory was produced immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Based on the book of the same name by former CBS news correspondent Kurt Lohbeck, the film was assembled from footage the author shot during his 10 year sojourn as a reporter in Afghanistan and Pakistan during the 1980's. Dan Rather wrote the forward to Lohbeck's book, which also includes a photo of the author having tea with a young Osama bin Laden and several mujaheddin warriors who were fighting the Soviets at that time. The documentary would feature interviews and public speeches from Lohbeck on the subject of terrorism in the Middle East, and the fear of such attacks on the US. During the editing of the film, Lohbeck's longtime friend, the guerrilla chieftain Abdul Haq, who is featured heavily in the book, was captured and executed. "I remember the morning Lohbeck walked into the editing room with tears in his eyes," director Shaun Monson says, "revealing to us the sad news of his friends ...