By Brian Glyn Williams
Nearly 100,000 U.S. infantrymen have been deployed to Afghanistan on the peak of the crusade, combating the longest warfare within the nation's background. yet what do american citizens find out about the land the place this clash is happening? Many have come to have a snatch of the folks, background, and geography of Iraq, yet Afghanistan is still a mystery.
Originally released by way of 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 extended for most of the people, Afghanistan Declassified fills in those gaps. Historian Brian Glyn Williams, who has traveled to Afghanistan usually during the last decade, presents crucial historical past to the warfare, tracing the increase, fall, and reemergence of the Taliban. unique sections care for subject matters equivalent 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. reviews in Afghanistan.
To Williams, a historian of relevant Asia, Afghanistan isn't in basic terms a theater within the battle on terror. it's a primeval, fascinating, and lovely land; not just a spot of threat and turmoil but additionally certainly one of hospitable villagers and beautiful landscapes, of serious cultural variety and richness. Williams brings the rustic to existence via his personal commute experiences—from dwelling with Northern Alliance Uzbek warlords to engaged on a massive NATO base. nationwide heroes are brought, Afghanistan's different ethnic teams are explored, key battles—both historical and current—are retold, and this land that many see as just a scary atmosphere for lengthy conflict emerges in 3 dimensions.
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