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Author Tripathi, Deepak.

Title Breeding ground : Afghanistan and the origins of Islamist terrorism / Deepak Tripathi ; foreword by Richard Falk
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xxxii, 224 pages) : maps
Contents The concept of terror -- Culture of violence -- Afghanistan in the Cold War -- Afghanistan under communism -- Toward disintegration -- The second communist coup -- Let battle commence -- The Reagan offensive -- Consequences of the U.S.-Soviet war -- The final days of communism -- The remaking of the post-Soviet world -- The rise of the Taliban -- Dialectics of the Afghan conflict -- The nature of Al-Qaeda -- Conclusion -- Afterword -- Appendices
Summary Beginning with the communist Saur Revolution of 1978 and continuing through Gen. David Petraeus's 2010 appointment replacing Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, this book is an inside account of one of the most vicious conflicts fought between the two Cold War superpowers: the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979-89). Analyzing the behind-the-scenes decisions made in Moscow, Washington, and Kabul, former BBC correspondent Deepak Tripathi shows how that conflict transformed Afghanistan into a sanctuary for terrorism
Explaining how Afghanistan descended into a civil war from which the Taliban emerged, Tripathi explores the ways in which the country ultimately became a grotesque mirror image of the anticommunist alliance of U.S. forces and radical Islamists in the Cold War's final phase. Calling for a departure from the current pursuit of military strong-arm tactics, he advocates an approach that is centered on development, internal reconciliation, and societal reconstruction in Afghanistan. --Book Jacket
Notes Maps on lining
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-216) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Anti-communist movements -- Afghanistan -- History.
Communism -- Afghanistan -- History.
Islam and politics -- Afghanistan -- History.
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam -- History.
Terrorism -- Afghanistan -- History -- 20th century.
Terrorism -- Afghanistan -- History -- 21st century.
Afghanistan -- History -- Soviet occupation, 1979-1989.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1973-1989.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1989-2001.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1597975605 (electronic bk.)
9781597975605 (electronic bk.)