By Brian Glyn Williams
Nearly 100,000 U.S. squaddies have been deployed to Afghanistan on the peak of the crusade, combating the longest battle within the nation's historical past. yet what do american citizens learn about the land the place this clash is happening? Many have come to have a clutch of the folk, historical past, and geography of Iraq, yet Afghanistan continues to be a mystery.
Originally released via the U.S. military to supply an summary of the country's terrain, ethnic teams, and historical past for American troops and now up-to-date and multiplied for most of the people, Afghanistan Declassified fills in those gaps. Historian Brian Glyn Williams, who has traveled to Afghanistan often over the last decade, offers crucial heritage to the struggle, tracing the increase, fall, and reemergence of the Taliban. certain sections care for issues akin to the CIA's Predator drone crusade within the Pakistani tribal zones, the unfold of suicide bombing from Iraq to the Afghan theater of operations, and comparisons among the Soviet and U.S. reports in Afghanistan.
To Williams, a historian of significant Asia, Afghanistan isn't basically a theater within the conflict on terror. it's a primeval, intriguing, and lovely land; not just a spot of chance and turmoil but additionally one in all hospitable villagers and attractive landscapes, of significant cultural range and richness. Williams brings the rustic to lifestyles via his personal go back and forth experiences—from residing with Northern Alliance Uzbek warlords to engaged on a big NATO base. nationwide heroes are brought, Afghanistan's different ethnic teams are explored, key battles—both historic and current—are retold, and this land that many see as just a scary surroundings for lengthy conflict emerges in 3 dimensions.
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