Taliban: The Unknown Enemy

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Da Capo Press, May 22, 2012 - History - 432 pages
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From a small group of religious students formed in 1994, the Taliban quickly grew into a national movement that occupied all of Afghanistan. When the Americans overthrew the Taliban in 2001, the United States thought the regime had been defeated. Yet today, more than a decade later, the Taliban continue to wage a bloody insurgency.

In this extraordinary and compelling account of the rise, fall, and return of the Taliban, award-winning author James Fergusson presents the reality of the movement so often mischaracterized in the press while asking provocative yet necessary questions about the current strategy in Afghanistan.

 

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This was Fergusson's follow-up book to A Million Bullets. When that book was written Fergusson's suggestion of negotiations with the Taliban was a fairly radical and certainly unpopular idea. 3 years ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
Peshawar 1996
37
Kabul
72
The Government that Might Have Been
119
Surviving the Daisycutters 20012003
145
Sawing Wood with
195
Mullah
213
The Trouble with President Karzai
249
How to Talk to the Taliban
309
In the Jalalabad Fief of Shirzai
326
The Taliban of Chak
354
Postscript
383
Notes
389
Bibliography
396
Index
403
Copyright

Getting Rich Quick in Tajik Kabul
259

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About the author (2012)

James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has covered the Taliban extensively. He is also the author of the award-winning book A Million Bullets and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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