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Taliban The Unknown Enemy

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ISBN-10: 0306820773

ISBN-13: 9780306820779

Edition: 2011

Authors: James Fergusson

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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. Led by the mysterious Mullah Omar, the group established a theocracy based on strict observance of Sharia law. When the Americans overthrew the Taliban in 2001, the United States thought the regime had been defeated. Yet today, nine years later, the Taliban continue to wage a bloody insurgency.In this extraordinary and compelling account of the rise, fall, and return of the Taliban, author James Fergusson, who has unique access to its shadowy leaders, presents the reality of themovement so often mischaracterized in the press. His surprising and,…    
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Book details

List price: $17.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has written for many publications including the Independent, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and The Economist. From 1997 he reported from Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, covering that city's fall to the Taliban. In 1998 he became the first western journalist in more than two years to interview the fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. His first book, Kandahar Cockney, told the story of Mir, his Pashtun fixer-interpreter whom he befriended and helped gain political asylum in London. From 1999 to 2001 he worked in Sarajevo as a press spokesman for OHR, the organisation charged with implementing the…    

Introduction
The Tank of Islam: Kandahar, 1994
The Army of Orphans: Peshawar, 1996
'Try Not to Hurt the People!': Kabul, 1996-1998
The Government that Might Have Been, 1998-2000
The Al-Qaida Hijack, 1999-2001
Surviving the Daisycutters, 2001-2003
Like a Jam-jar to a Swarm of Wasps: The Insurgency Explodes, 2003-2009
The McChrystal Plan: Sawing Wood with a Hammer
'This One, This Is the Big One': Mullah Zaeef and the Prospects for Peace'
The Trouble with President Karzai
Getting Rich Quick in Tajik Kabul
Not Black and White, But Grey: Hizb-i-Islami and the Afghan Parliament
How to Talk to the Taliban
In the Jalalabad Fief of Shirzai
The Taliban of Chak
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Picture Credits
Index