By Ahmed Rashid
Shrouding themselves and their goals in inner most secrecy, the leaders of the Taliban stream regulate Afghanistan with an rigid, crushing fundamentalism. the main severe and radical of all Islamic agencies, the Taliban conjures up fascination, controversy, and particularly worry in either the Muslim international and the West. Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy international of the Taliban into sharp concentration during this drastically attention-grabbing and revealing e-book. it's the merely authoritative account of the Taliban and modern-day Afghanistan on hand to English language readers.Based on his stories as a journalist overlaying the civil warfare in Afghanistan for two decades, touring and dwelling with the Taliban, and interviewing lots of the Taliban leaders considering the fact that their emergence to strength in 1994, Rashid deals extraordinary firsthand details. He explains how the expansion of Taliban energy has already created critical instability in Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and 5 valuable Asian republics. He describes the Taliban’s function as a huge participant in a brand new “Great Game”—a festival between Western international locations and corporations to construct oil and gasoline pipelines from critical Asia to Western and Asian markets. the writer additionally discusses the arguable adjustments in American attitudes towards the Taliban—from early help to fresh bombings of Osama Bin Laden’s hideaway and different Taliban-protected terrorist bases—and how they've got stimulated the soundness of the sector.
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