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The wars of Afghanistan: messianic terrorism, tribal conflicts, and the failures of great powers

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As Ambassador and Special Envoy on Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992, Peter Tomsen has had close relationships with Afghan leaders and has dealt with senior Taliban, warlords, and religious leaders involved in the region's conflicts over the last two decades. Now Tomsen draws on a rich trove of never-before-published material to shed new light on the American involvement in the long and continuing Afghan war.

This book offers a deeply informed perspective on how Afghanistan's history as a "shatter zone" for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative. It brings to life the appallingly misinformed secret operations by foreign intelligence agencies, including the Soviet NKVD and KGB, the Pakistani ISI, and the CIA.

American policy makers, Tomsen argues, still do not understand Afghanistan; nor do they appreciate how the CIA's covert operations and the Pentagon's military strategy have strengthened extremism in the country. At this critical time, he shows how the U.S. and the coalition it leads can assist the region back to peace and stability.

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subject_facet Afghanistan -- Foreign relations
Afghanistan -- History
Afghanistan -- History, Military
Afghanistan -- Politics and government
Great powers
Islam and politics -- Afghanistan
Messianism -- Afghanistan
Social conflict -- Afghanistan
Terrorism -- Afghanistan
Tribes -- Afghanistan
title_display The wars of Afghanistan : messianic terrorism, tribal conflicts, and the failures of great powers
title_full The Wars of Afghanistan Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers
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title_short The wars of Afghanistan :
title_sub messianic terrorism, tribal conflicts, and the failures of great powers
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Great powers
History
History, Military
Islam and politics
Messianism
Nonfiction
Politics and government
Social conflict
Terrorism
Tribes