Afghanistan: Lifting the Veil

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After decades of bloodshed and turmoil, the scarred nation of Afghanistan is facing up to the colossal task of rebuilding.

In a compelling narrative with vivid images and words from Reuters journalists, this book charts the Afghan struggle through the Soviet occupation, during the harsh rule of the Taliban, and into what President George W. Bush called "the first war of the 21st century."

The book describes the "Great Game" that the big powers ...

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Overview

After decades of bloodshed and turmoil, the scarred nation of Afghanistan is facing up to the colossal task of rebuilding.

In a compelling narrative with vivid images and words from Reuters journalists, this book charts the Afghan struggle through the Soviet occupation, during the harsh rule of the Taliban, and into what President George W. Bush called "the first war of the 21st century."

The book describes the "Great Game" that the big powers played with Afghanistan and includes a section of previously unpublished war photography from the Soviet era.

Award-winning Reuters photographers capture images ranging from soldiers in the heat of battle and the misery of the refugee camps to the joy of children returning to school and flying kites in life after the Taliban.

With unmatched insight and balance, seasoned Reuters correspondents look at why Osama bin Laden chose Afghanistan for his al Qaeda training camps and why the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar chose to shelter him.

In other sections, the book looks at the fresh start that the fall of the Taliban gave to Afghan women and the challenges and the hope that lie ahead for the impoverished nation.

For Afghanistan, it is an uncertain awakening.

About Reuters

Reuters operates the largest news agency network in the world and is recognized as one of the leading providers of text, video, graphics, and news pictures. With some 2,500 journalists, photographers, and TV professionals based in 190 cities all over the world, Reuters covers the news as it breaks. Relying on a 150-year-old reputation for accuracy, speed, and freedom from bias, Reuters transmits between two- and two-and-a-half-million words daily in 23 languages.

This book is a collection of the best Reuters images and writings on Afghanistan, ranging from the Soviet occupation to the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

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The new agency Reuters has put its vast resources to work, enlisting scores of its journalists and photographers to put together this up-to-the-minute look at the war-torn region of Afghanistan. As the "war against terror" continues to be waged, this tragic area will always be remembered as one of the first battlegrounds.
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Photographs from the news agency and personal accounts by correspondents portray the central Asian country during the US bombing and subsequent fighting, with a chapter on life under the Taliban. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130479518
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
In Memoriam
The Tormented State 2
The Graveyard of Invaders 28
Life Under the Taliban 50
The Enigma of Osama bin Laden 76
The Unseen War 92
A Nation of Refugees 140
Behind the Burqa 172
A Cautious Dawn 204
Journalists and Photojournalists 256
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