By Mohammed Yousaf
How did the horrendous state of affairs in Afghanistan, with all its implications for fresh occasions and the current time, come to go? What used to be the function of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence within the production of what turned the Taliban? What are the consequences for the long run and classes from the prior for American forces today?
This hugely debatable booklet unearths one of many maximum army, political and monetary secrets and techniques of contemporary occasions. it truly is not anything lower than the real, if great, account of ways Pakistan and america covertly managed the most important guerrilla battle of the 20 th Century, dealing to the Soviet Russian presence in Afghanistan an army defeat that has become known as 'Russia's Vietnam'.
This compelling ebook, prepare with nice ability by way of the army writer, Mark Adkin, is vital interpreting for someone drawn to the reality at the back of the Soviets' Vietnam, and the explanations why, to today, the battle in Afghanistan nonetheless drags on regardless of the victory that the Mujahideen have been denied while the Soviets withdrew. ?
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The Infidels “It is right to be taught, even by an enemy. ” Ovid, Metamorphoses, IV COURTESY of the CIA and their spy satellites over Afghanistan, my operations room walls were covered with excellent large-scale maps. They showed a rash of red symbols and pins. These portrayed the known locations of dozens of different formations and units, both ground and air, Soviet and Afghan. My first step in devising any plans to attack my enemy was to know where he was. Map 3 indicates, in outline, what I saw in terms of Soviet formations down to independent regimental, and Afghan to divisional, level.
As a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 or Mi-17 of the Hip series predominated. They were beginning to be used more effectively to air-land troops into blocking or cut-off positions during the larger sweep operations. By mid-November I felt more confident that I was beginning to understand the Mujahideen and their enemies. It was time to consult General Akhtar on an overall long-term strategy for the war. We needed to decide priorities, to agree how best to improve the ability of the Mujahideen to defeat a superpower.
On his return he was furious that the US Embassy had, somewhat thoughtlessly, arranged for him to fly home via Moscow. He made a monumental fuss and refused to board the aircraft, so another flight had to be found for him. I still have his letter of thanks for this covert trip to the war. I mention this now because Wilson epitomized the attitude of many American officials that I met that Afghanistan must be made into a Soviet Vietnam. The Soviets had kept the Viet-Cong supplied with the hardware to fight and kill Americans, so the US would now do the same for the Mujahideen so they could kill Soviets.
Afghanistan: The Bear Trap: The Defeat of a Superpower by Mohammed Yousaf