A Rare Visit to a Taliban Deradicalization Center in Pakistan

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The whitewashed mansion once housed a millionaire — but these days its marbled halls are home to a military experiment on returning former Taliban fighters to mainstream society.

This deradicalization center in war-torn Bara resembles a typical elite boarding school: there's a library, dormitory, canteen, recess and different sports teams. Its students are a select few — but weren't chosen for their academic strengths.

NBC News was granted access to one of the Pakistani military's three deradicalization centers in Bara — a critical component in the nation's war against terrorism.

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