The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

by Graeme Smith

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The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith

With a new foreword by the author, The Dogs are Eating Them Now is a highly personal narrative of our war in Afghanistan and how it went dangerously wrong. Written by a respected and fearless former foreign correspondent who has won multiple awards for his journalism (including an Emmy for the video series "Talking with the Taliban") this is a gripping account of modern warfare that takes you into back alleys, cockpits, and prisons –telling stories that would have endangered his life had he published this book while still working as a journalist. Smith was not simply embedded with the military: he operated independently and at great personal risk to report from inside the war, and the heroes of his story are the translators, guides, and ordinary citizens who helped him find the truth. They revealed sad, absurd, touching stories that provide the key to understanding why the mission failed to deliver peace and democracy.

From the corruption of law enforcement agents and the tribal nature of the local power structure to the economics of the drug trade and the frequent blunders of foreign troops, this is the no-holds-barred story from a leading expert on the insurgency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619024793
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Graeme Smith is a Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group, the world's leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. He covered the Afghan war for The Globe and Mail from 2005 to 2009, spending more time in southern Afghanistan during that period than any other Western journalist. The winner of many awards for investigative reporting—including an Emmy Award, the Amnesty International Award, three National Newspaper Awards, and the Michener Award for public service granted once annually by Canada's head of state—he lectures widely and served as an Adjunct Scholar at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Based in Kabul, he travels frequently to Washington and Brussels.

Table of Contents

Foreword: October 2014 xi

Introduction: The Prophet's Cloak 1

Chapter 1 The Road to Kandahar September 2005 13

Chapter 2 The Surge April 2008 29

Chapter 3 Optimism June 2006 45

Chapter 4 Medusa August 2006 55

Chapter 5 Medusa's Aftermath September 2005 77

Chapter 6 Quetta November 2006 93

Chapter 7 Masked Men 111

Chapter 8 Detainees 127

Chapter 9 Fighting Season 155

Chapter 10 The Karzai Regime September 2007 171

Chapter 11 Death of a Warlord October 2007 185

Chapter 12 Lessons from the Taliban Survey March 2008 199

Chapter 13 Jailbreak June 2002 215

Chapter 14 At the Gates of Kabul September 2008 233

Chapter 15 A Toxic Triangle February 2009 249

Chapter 16 Another Surge june 2011 261

Afterword; January 2013 277

Acknowledgments 285

Index 291

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