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Overview

Deeply reported account of the war against Islamic extremists in Pakistan and battles being fought in the remote tribal regions.

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Pakistani journalist Hussain (Frontline Pakistan) accurately describes the U.S.-led military action in central Asia not as a war in Afghanistan but "largely a Pushtun war" happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These distinctions provide the underpinning for a remarkably comprehensive and well-researched effort. He draws a line from Indian independence, when Islamists resisted the idea of a separate Muslim state in their desire to exert power within India, giving rise to a brutal trail of extremism within Pakistan that has fully flowered in the current conflict. Hussain argues that U.S. drone attacks have provided the Pakistani Taliban with a fresh crop of recruits--many of them middle-class and well-educated, as all the while the Pakistani army continues its "creeping coup," and al-Qaeda grows increasingly organized. He knows his subject matter and gives an unflinching and objective assessment of a problem that seems to grow larger and well beyond the scope of mere military action. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439120255
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Zahid Hussain is an award-winning journalist and writer, a senior editor with Newsline and a correspondent for The Times of London, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. He has also covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for several other international publications, including the Associated Press (AP) and The Economist. His book Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle With Militant Islam has won widespread acclaim as a seminal text on the subject. He lives in Pakistan.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Witches' Brew 15

2 An Islamic State 41

3 The Perils of Appeasement 63

4 The Holy Terror 93

5 Operation Earthquake 123

6 Turning the Tide 143

7 Breaking Apart the Myth 163

8 The Scorpion's Tail 187

Conclusion 209

Notes 213

Acknowledgments 227

Index 229

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