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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 - 04 edition

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780143034667

ISBN10: 0143034669

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll - ISBN 9780143034667
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll - ISBN 9780143034667

ISBN13: 9780143034667

ISBN10: 0143034669

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
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Summary

Looming large in the minds of the American people since the devastation of September 11, 2001--and perplexing their political analysts, media, and elected leaders--are two unsettling questions: To what extent did America''s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising threat of Islamist radicalism? And, Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Steve Coll, managing editor of The Washington Post, provides answers in an exhaustively researched account of US involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden''s al Qaeda.

For nearly the past quarter century, while most Americans were unaware, Afghanistan has been the playing field for intense covert operations by U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies-invisible wars that sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks and that provide its context. From the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the summer of 2001, the CIA, KGB, Pakistan''s IST, and Saudi Arabia''s General Intelligence Department all operated directly and secretly in Afghanistan. They primed Afghan factions with cash and weapons, secretly trained guerrilla forces, funded propaganda, and manipulated politics. In the midst of these struggles bin Laden conceived and then built his global organization.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part One: Blood Brothers - November 1979 to February 1989

1. ''We''re Going to Die Here
2. ''Lenin Taught Us''
3. ''Go Raise Hell''
4. ''I Loved Osama''
5. ''Don''t Make It Our War''
6. ''Who Is This Massoud?''
7. ''The Terrorists Will Own the World''
8. ''Inshallah, You Will Know My Plans''
9. ''We Won''

Part Two: The One-Eyed Man Was King - March 1989 to December 1997

10. ''Serious Risks''
11. ''A Rogue Elephant''
12. ''We Are in Danger''
13. ''A Friend of Your Enemy''
14. ''Maintain a Prudent Distance''
15. ''A New Generation''
16. ''Slowly, Slowly Sucked into It''
17. ''Dangling the Carrot''
18. ''We Couldn''t Indict Him''
19. ''We''re Keeping These Stingers''
20. ''Does America Need the CIA?''

Part Three: The Distant Enemy - January 1998 to September 10, 2001

21. ''You Are to Capture Him Alive''
22. ''The Kingdom''s Interests''
23. ''We Are at War''
24. ''Let''s Just Blow the Thing Up''
25. ''The Manson Family''
26. ''That Unit Disappeared''
27. ''You Crazy White Guys''
28. ''Is There Any Policy?''
29. ''Daring Me to Kill Them''
30. ''What Face Will Omar Show to God?''
31. ''Many Americans Are Going to Die''
32. ''What an Unlucky Country''