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An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban-Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199927319
ISBN-10: 0199927316
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"Apart from the outstanding primary-source research of Van Linschoten and Kuehn, a major strength of the book lies in their ability to address policy recommendations regarding the future of the Taliban in Afghanistan."--Middle East Policy


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Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn are researchers and writers. They have worked in Afghanistan since 2006, focusing on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. They are the co-editors of a Taliban memoir entitled My Life with the Taliban.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199927316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199927319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.3 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An "Enemy We Created" challenges the conflation of the Afghan Taliban with Al Qaeda, that emerged after 9/11. The authors chronicle the rise of the Afghan Taliban as a local political movement that arose as a respons to abuses committed by mujahideen warlords, following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. The evolution of the Taliban is contrasted with the origins of Al Qaeda, and its development of global terrorist agenda. AEWC importantly examines the significant differences between between the two groups, and the implications for the US. The book makes a persuasive case that foreign policy ought to be based on realistic assesments of who we regard as our "enemies," rather than counter-productive, polemical overstatements.
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When I first got this book, I tried to read it but found myself constantly looking for a pen and paper. It's complexity isn't in the writing--rather, its plainly and accurately argued with the intimacy that we can expect from Alex Strick. However, its that plain delivery of the complex relations that exist within the Afghan context that make them understandable. It's a profound and provocative book that should be on the shelf of anyone with an interest in Afghanistan, insurgency, terrorism, or COIN--right next to "My Life with the Taliban," "Ghost Wars," and "Before Taliban."
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read it and wreep... how wrong we were
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