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Author Williams, Brian Glyn

Title The last warlord : the life and legend of Dostum, the Afghan warrior who led US special forces to topple the Taliban regime / Brian Glyn Williams, PhD
Published Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, ©2013


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 334 pages)
Contents The warlord of Mazar -- How to meet a warlord -- The approaching storm -- Raiders -- Last line of defense -- The evil comes to America -- Search for a plan -- Khoja Doko village, 1954 -- The first battles -- The soldier -- The traitor -- Khadija -- Conspiracies -- The warlord -- The coup -- Malik -- The Americans -- The offensive begins -- Interview with a warlord -- Epilogue
Summary Chronicling the spectacular rise to power of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, this is an intimate profile of the one of the most powerful warlords to have dominated Afghanistan in the years since the Soviet withdrawal in the late 1980s. His rise from simple peasant villager to warrior against the repressive policies of the Taliban and Al Qaeda is told by one of the few outsiders to be accepted into Dostum's stronghold in the northern deserts of Afghanistan. Thanks to this unprecedented access, author Brian Glyn Williams was able to conduct lengthy interviews with Dostum and his family, as well as his subcommanders, local chieftains, mullahs, Taliban enemies, prisoners of war, and women's rights activists. What emerges is an intensely personal account of the Mongol warlord, detailing his childhood, motivations, hopes for his country, and conviction that it is time for a new generation of Western-trained technocrats to shape his country's destiny. With the drawing down of U.S. troops in 2014 and Dostum poised to reenter the world stage to fight a resurgent Taliban, this timely analysis provides important historical context to the controversy swirling around Afghanistan's warlord culture and is an essential contribution to the debate on Afghanistan's future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Dūstum, ʻAbd al-Rashīd, 1954-
Dūstum, ʻAbd al-Rashīd, 1954- fast (OCoLC)fst01924950
Subject Taliban.
SUBJECT Taliban. fast (OCoLC)fst00743547
Subject Warlordism -- Afghanistan -- History
HISTORY -- Asia -- Central Asia.
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
HISTORY -- Military -- Afghan War (2001- )
Politics and government.
SUBJECT Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 1989-2001.
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Subject Afghanistan.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013008742
ISBN 9781613748015