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Koran, Kalashnikov And Laptop: The Neo Taliban Insurgency In Afghanistan 2002 2007
Announcements of an impending victory over the Taliban have been repeated ad nauseam since the Allied invasion of Afghanistan in 2002, particularly after the Presidential elections of 2004, which were said to have marked the 'moral and psychological defeat of the Taliban'. In moments of triumphalism, some commentators claimed that 'reconstruction and development' had won o ...more
Published October 1st 2007 by Hurst & Co.
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This book provides an in-depth study of the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan since 2002. The focus is on explaining how the Taliban were able to regroup after their initial defeat. The author studies the Taliban's ideology and sources of support, but concentrates on the weakness of the Afghan government and its inability to control territory outside the capital.
Understanding the war in Afghanistan is often difficult, and the majority of objective analysis often focuses (with good reason) on the policies and personalities of Western actors (the Bush or Obama Administrations, NATO, European governments etc.) However, viewing the war from the Afghan perspective is less common. Knowledge of Afghan society - not least the methods, motivations, strategies and tactics of the Taliban - stems mainly from journalists inside the country, who face great difficulti ...more
A useful and candid look at the emergence of the neo-Taliban in the pre David Petraeus counter-insurgency era. Confusion and a lack of common strategy within NATO and US commanders re-fighting the Tet Offensive.... Nothing surprising about that! Weak on the symbiosis with Pakistan Islamist revival but strong on the kleptocracy forming around Karzai.
Concise, well sourced and dense with facts, this is a very good nuts-and-bolts analysis of the war in Afghanistan from 2001-2007. Of special interest is the section analyzing how the Taliban regrouped after the American invasion and implemented their insurgency. This book is very much deeply in the weeds and not light reading. If you want a good, short, big-picture look at the war from '01 to '07, get this from your library and read the 9 page conclusion.