War Against the Taliban: Why It All Went Wrong in Afghanistan

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A&C Black, Feb 19, 2013 - History - 400 pages
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Afghanistan's strategically significant lands have long been fought over by foreign invaders. Today, as yet another generation risks life and limb in this inhospitable territory, an ever-rising death toll puts back under the spotlight the way the modern war in Afghanistan is being run, and demands answers. Drawing on interviews with Afghan politicians, businessmen and ordinary people, British, American and European diplomats and soldiers, Sandy Gall addresses the challenges - political, religious, and military - that face those now fighting on the most dangerous frontier in the world.

 

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Contents

The Coming of the Taliban 199 52001
24
Tora Bora 2 20012011
46
The British in Kabul 20012002
61
The Great Game in the South 2005
82
Ed Butler and Musa Qala 2006
96
Patronage or Corruption
119
Sherard and the French
147
I4 A Coalition Government 2010
194
I7 The Battles of Panjwai and Musa Qala 20062007
236
The Afghan Mafia 2009
268
The Beginning of the End? Summer 2010
282
The Sun in the Sky
302
Turning the Tide
331
Notes 331
351
Select Bibliography
367
Copyright

I6 General Richards Takes Over 2006201 I
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Sandy Gall CBE, is a British journalist, author, and former ITN news presenter. His career as a journalist spans over fifty years. Sandy Gall has written several books about Afghanistan and made three documentaries about the country during the Soviet War (two of which were nominated for BAFTA awards).

Sandy Gall and his wife also set up the Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal charity, which provides support to people who have lost limbs in combat. Gall was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal in 1987, and the CBE in 1987. In 2003 he became the World Affairs Expert on LBC Radio. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of St Michael and St George for services to the people of Afghanistan. He lives in Kent with his wife, Eleanor Gall.

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