Afghanistan: The Soviet War

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Political Science - 260 pages

First published in 1985, this is a book written at the height of the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Based on five clandestine trips into Afghanistan with the resistance, the book examines why the Soviets invaded in 1979 and what they were seeking to defend. The author analyses their deliberate policy of migratory genocide through a combination of aerial bombardments, political repression and economic blockades.

The book is written by the journalist Ed Girardet, one of the world's leading authorities on the conflict, whose particular strength is his dispassionate reporting style and his firsthand proximity to the conflict. He interviewed many of the leaders of the Afghan resistance, both inside Afghanistan and in the refugee camps and he explains in depth the nature of the Afghan Islamic anti-communist struggle for independence.

This is a book in the finest tradition of war reporting on the front line and the reissue is essential reading for all those interested in the history of the conflict in Afghanistan.

 

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The author's experience as a correspondent in Afghanistan before and after the invasion qualifies him uniquely to describe the Soviet "grim war of attrition'' against the guerrillas and their passive ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Soviet Invasion
12
2 The Soviet Strategy MIGs Helicopter Gunships and Kalashnikovs
30
3 The Guerrilla War A Patchwork of Resistance
48
4 The Resistance Fronts
69
5 Soviet Influence in Afghanistan
88
6 The Communist Overlay Repression and Control
107
7 The Sovietisation of Afghanistan
135
The Peoples War
162
9 Refugees Doctors and Prisoners A Trickle of Humanity
202
10 Perspectives
233
About the Author
250
Index
251
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