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The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 [Kindle Edition]

Carlotta Gall
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Carlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Now that American troops are withdrawing, it is time to tell the full history of how we have been fighting the wrong enemy, in the wrong country.

Gall combines searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghanis who endured a terrible war of more than a decade. Her firsthand accounts of Taliban warlords, Pakistani intelligence thugs, American generals, Afghani politicians, and the many innocents who were caught up in this long war are riveting.  Her evidence that Pakistan fueled the Taliban and protected Osama bin Laden is revelatory. This is a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood, and could not truly engage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9504 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143423428
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E78ID9G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two-faced 'ally' 23 Oct 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been visiting Afghanistan since Carlotta Gall's dad, Sandy, was reporting there in the 1980s. She gets it absolutely right about Pakistan's utterly two-faced policy towards the West. Pakistan - and its nukes - have always been the greatest threat, not the Taliban in Afghanistan. And this book proves the point eloquently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good but depressing story 24 May 2014
By Richard
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You have to admire the guts and tenacity of the author in bringing together all the very personal stories which make up a large part of the main currents running through Afghanistan under America's engagement with that benighted Country.If anyone needs to have a clear vision of what the term failed State really means then this is the narrative to reach for.Pakistan comes off very badly in this account and one shudders to think that what we have here is a belligerent nuclear armed State mostly out of control.At the end you just feel incredibly sorry for the Afghans and just appalled by the actions almost everyone else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can Pakistan ever be trusted again? 6 Sep 2014
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Surprised how the US intelligence failed to spot the enemy in their partner.
Will Pakistan's obsession of advancing towards its (warped) national interests at any cost destroy itself?
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