In this book, published in 2009, Ahmed Rashid explores the failure of the US and its allies to suppress militant Islam in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the wake of the terror attacks of 2001. He had great contacts in the government of Pakistan and among politicians and warlords of all factions in Afghanistan. He is also well plugged in to policymaking circles in the West. If the precipitate withdrawal of the US in 2021 was a policy error of epic proportions, this book shows that it was only the latest in a long line of miscalculations and mistakes in the West’s dealing with Afghanistan since 2001.
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