My Life with the Taliban
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My Life with the Taliban

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by Abdul Salam Zaeef
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231701489

ISBN-13: 9780231701488

Pub. Date: 02/04/2010

Publisher: Columbia University Press

My Life with the Taliban is the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former senior member of Afghanistan's Taliban and a principal actor in its domestic and foreign affairs. Translated for the first time from the Pashto, Zaeef's words share more than a personal history of an unusual life. They supply a counternarrative to standard accounts of Afghanistan

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My Life with the Taliban is the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former senior member of Afghanistan's Taliban and a principal actor in its domestic and foreign affairs. Translated for the first time from the Pashto, Zaeef's words share more than a personal history of an unusual life. They supply a counternarrative to standard accounts of Afghanistan since 1979.

Zaeef shares his experiences as a poor youth in rural Kandahar. Both his parents died when he was young, and Russia's invasion in 1979 forced Zaeef to flee to Pakistan. In 1983, Zaeef joined the jihad against the Soviets, fighting alongside several major figures of the anti-Soviet resistance, including current Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. After the war, he returned to his quiet life in Helmand, but factional conflicts soon broke out, and Zaeef, disgusted by the ensuing lawlessness, joined with other former mujahidin to form the Taliban, which assumed power in 1994.

Zaeef recounts his time with the organization, first as a civil servant and then as a minister who negotiated with foreign oil companies and Ahmed Shah Massoud, the leader of the Afghani resistance. Zaeef served as ambassador to Pakistan at the time of 9/11, and his testimony sheds light on the "phoney war" that preceeded the U.S.-led intervention. In 2002, Zaeef was delivered to the American forces operating in Pakistan and spent four and a half years in prison, including several years in Guantanamo, before being released without trial or charge. His reflections offer a privileged look at the communities that form the bedrock of the Taliban and the forces that motivate men like Zaeef to fight. They also provide an illuminating perspective on life in Guantanamo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231701488
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2010
Series:
Columbia/Hurst Series
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Kandahar: Portrait of a City ix

Editors' Acknowledgements xxv

Editors' Notes xxvii

Character List xxix

Foreword Harnett R. Rubin xxxvii

Preface Abdul Salam Zaeef xli

Maps xlviii-xlix

1 Death at Home 1

2 The Camps 13

3 The Jihad 21

4 Lessons from the ISI 31

5 Bitter Pictures 39

6 Withdrawal 47

7 Taking Action 57

8 The Beginning 67

9 Administrative Rule 81

10 Mines and Industries 91

11 A Monumental Task 101

12 Diplomatic Principles 107

13 Growing Tensions 123

14 The Osama Issue 131

15 9/11 and its Aftermath 141

16 A Hard Realisation 157

17 Prisoner 306 171

18 Guantánamo Bay 187

19 Graveyard of the Living 199

20 Getting Out 211

21 No War to Win 219

Epilogue: Afghanistan Today 229

Notes 245

Bibliography 285

Chronology 288

Glossary 297

Suggestions for Further Reading 309

About the Author and Editors 313

Index 315

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