From a small group of religious students formed in 1994, the Taliban quickly grew into a national movement that occupied all of Afghanistan. When the Americans overthrew the Taliban in 2001, the United States thought the regime had been defeated. Yet today, more than a decade later, the Taliban continue to wage a bloody insurgency.
In this extraordinary and compelling account of the rise, fall, and return of the Taliban, award-winning author James Fergusson presents the reality of the movement so often mischaracterized in the press while asking provocative yet necessary questions about the current strategy in Afghanistan.
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About the Author
James Fergusson is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent who has covered the Taliban extensively. He is also the author of the award-winning book A Million Bullets and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Table of Contents
1 The Tank of Islam: Kandahar, 1994 23
2 The Army of Orphans: Peshawar, 1996 37
3 'Try Not to Hurt the People!': Kabul, 1996-1998 72
4 The Government that Might Have Been, 1998-2000 101
5 The Al-Qaida Hijack, 1999-2001 121
6 Surviving the Daisycutters, 2001-2003 145
7 Like a Jam-jar to a Swarm of Wasps: The Insurgency Explodes, 2003-2009 168
8 The McChrystal Plan: Sawing Wood with a Hammer 195
9 'This One, This Is the Big One': Mullah Zaeef and the Prospects for Peace' 213
10 The Trouble with President Karzai 249
11 Getting Rich Quick in Tajik Kabul 259
12 Not Black and White, But Grey: Hizb-i-Islami and the Afghan Parliament 282
13 How to Talk to the Taliban 309
14 In the Jalalabad Fief of Shirzai 326
15 The Taliban of Chak 354
Picture Credits 399