Ghost Wars The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

ISBN-10: 1594200076
ISBN-13: 9781594200076
Edition: 2004
Authors: Steve Coll
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Description: From the managing editor of the Washington Post, a news-breaking account of the CIA's involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden's al Qaeda. For nearly the past quarter century, while  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/23/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 656
Size: 6.25" wide x 10.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

From the managing editor of the Washington Post, a news-breaking account of the CIA's involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden's al Qaeda. For nearly the past quarter century, while most Americans were unaware, Afghanistan has been the playing field for intense covert operations by U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies-invisible wars which sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks and which provide its context. From the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the summer of 2001, the CIA, KGB, Pakistan's ISI, and Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Department all operated directly and secretly in Afghanistan. They primed Afghan factions with cash and weapons, secretly trained guerrilla forces, funded propaganda, and manipulated politics. In the midst of these struggles bin Laden conceived and then built his global organization. Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll tells the secret history of the CIA's role in Afghanistan, from its covert program against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989, to the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of bin Laden, to the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998. Based on extensive firsthand accounts, Ghost Warsok is the inside story that goes well beyond anything previously published on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. It chronicles the roles of midlevel CIA officers, their Afghan allies, and top spy masters such as Bill Casey, Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al Faisal, and George Tenet. And it describes heated debates within the American government and the often poisonous, mistrustful relations between the CIA and foreign intelligence agencies. Ghost Warsanswers the questions so many have asked since the horrors of September 11: To what extent did America's best intelligence analysts grasp the rising threat of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail?

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Principal Characters
Prologue: Accounts Receivable, September 1996
Blood Brothers, November 1979 to February 1989
"We're Going to Die Here"
"Lenin Taught Us"
"Go Raise Hell"
"I Loved Osama"
"Don't Make It Our War"
"Who Is This Massoud?"
"The Terrorists Will Own the World"
"Inshallah, You Will Know My Plans"
"We Won"
The One-Eyed Man Was King, March 1989 to December 1997
"Serious Risks"
"A Rogue Elephant"
"We Are in Danger"
"A Friend of Your Enemy"
"Maintain a Prudent Distance"
"A New Generation"
"Slowly, Slowly Sucked into It"
"Dangling the Carrot"
"We Couldn't Indict Him"
"We're Keeping These Stingers"
"Does America Need the CIA?"
The Distant Enemy, January 1998 to September 10, 2001
"You Are to Capture Him Alive"
"The Kingdom's Interests"
"We Are at War"
"Let's Just Blow the Thing Up"
"The Manson Family"
"That Unit Disappeared"
"You Crazy White Guys"
"Is There Any Policy?"
"Daring Me to Kill Them"
"What Face Will Omar Show to God?"
"Many Americans Are Going to Die"
"What an Unlucky Country"
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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