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The Scorpion's Tail: The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan-And How It Threatens America

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The war in Afghanistan has raged on longer than any war in U.S. history, and far from suppressing the insurgency being waged by radical Islamic militants, it has led to stronger alliances among al Qaeda, the Taliban, and a host of once-autonomous militant groups and has inspired a flood of new recruits. In addition to reclaiming control of substantial territory in Afghanis ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Free Press
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Aarish Khan
Jul 26, 2011 Aarish Khan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I always read books authored by journalists in anticipation of interesting insights, quotes, and anecdotes that would enhance my understanding of a particular subject through first-hand accounts of the author. This particular book is a great disappointment in that respect. Zahid Hussain, a journalist by profession, has unsuccessfully pretended to be a researcher. The book is bland, uninteresting, superficial, and even erroneous at places. It is a roller-coaster ride in the political history of m ...more
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Dec 23, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Talha Kidwai
Jul 26, 2015 Talha Kidwai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good document of a decade long struggle of a country to tackle militancy through a confused policy, power struggle and inconsistency. Though I feel, the author used a very mechanical approach in laying out the sequence of events and did not form a particular opinion per say. The first half of the book is more gripping while the later half is just bland.

Coming from a journalist of his reputation, I expected much deeper insight than what i found in this book. Nonetheless captures the dark pages
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Ayesha U
Jul 27, 2013 Ayesha U rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may not be an ultimate book out there on the subject of militancy but I liked it because it chronicles the brief history of what happened in Pakistan, post 9/11.

This book discusses the military operations in FATA, the failed negotiations and the subsequent formation of TTP.

It deserves 4 stars in my view.
Kishwar
Mar 25, 2012 Kishwar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very topical for these times - the author obviously has a wealth of first hand knowledge of his subject matter.
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