Counter Jihad: America's Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria

Counter Jihad: America's Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria

by Brian Glyn Williams


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Counter Jihad: America's Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria by Brian Glyn Williams

Counter Jihad is a sweeping account of America's military campaigns in the Islamic world. Revising our understanding of what was once known as the War on Terror, it provides a retrospective on the extraordinary series of conflicts that saw the United States deploy more than two and a half million men and women to fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Brian Glyn Williams traces these unfolding wars from their origins in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan through U.S. Central Command's ongoing campaign to "degrade and destroy" the hybrid terrorist group known as ISIS. Williams takes readers on a journey beginning with the 2001 U.S. overthrow of the Taliban, to the toppling of Saddam Hussein, to the unexpected emergence of the notorious ISIS "Caliphate" in the Iraqi lands that the United States once occupied.

Counter Jihad is the first history of America's military operations against radical Islamists, from the Taliban-controlled Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, to the Sunni Triangle of Iraq, to ISIS's headquarters in the deserts of central Syria, giving both generalists and specialists an overview of events that were followed by millions but understood by few. Williams provides the missing historical context for the rise of the terror group ISIS out of the ashes of Saddam Hussein's secular Baathist Iraq, arguing that it is only by carefully exploring the recent past can we understand how this jihadist group came to conquer an area larger than Britain and spread havoc from Syria to Paris to San Bernardino.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812224207
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/09/2018
Series: Haney Foundation Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,291,010
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brian Glyn Williams is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He was employed by the CIA to track suicide bombers in Afghanistan in 2007. He is author of several books on warfare and terrorism, including Afghanistan Declassified, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, and The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior Who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Planting the Seeds for a Global Conflict 1

Chapter 2 America Goes to War in Afghanistan 64

Chapter 3 Hype: Selling the War on Iraq to the American People 97

Chapter 4 The Invasion and Occupation of Iraq 169

Chapter 5 Remembering the "Forgotten War" in Afghanistan 220

Chapter 6 The New War on ISIS 258

Notes 321

Index 347

Acknowledgments 365

Photographs follow page 168

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