Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007 Paperback – 26 Oct 2007
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`Not just a who's who of terrorism in Afghanistan since 2002. It's also a what's what,and a why's why.'
-- NATO Review, Spring 2008
'This detailed study chronicles the rise of what Giustozzi labels "the neo-Taliban". ' -- Foreign Affairs, Jan.-Feb. 2008
About the Author
Antonio Giustozzi has spent more than a decade visiting, researching and writing on Afghanistan. He is based at the Crisis States Research Centre at the LSE, where he focusses on the political aspects of insurgency and warlordism. His last book, War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-92, was published by Hurst in 2000.
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The book is dry, it is more BBC4 than BBC1, and this will mean some readers will find it less entertaining but it is well worth, I think, understanding the three dimensional nature of the opposing party.
The book includes a very informative discussion of the Taliban model of insurgency, which the Western forces have struggled to define. A consequence of this has been that their military response has been chaotic and largely ineffective. In addition the Afghan national army is
weak and even its best units are unable to survive unless stiffened by
Soon after reading this book,the UN was reporting that the Taliban had
a significant presence in 80 percent of Afghan districts, and that Kabul
was only accessible via a single, heavily defended road. In addition,the
war is spreading deeper into Pakistan - thats nuclear armed Pakistan - with US missile attacks and insurgent targeting of haulage firms supplying NATO forces. The decidedly off-message head of the Afghan army has said that 550,000 Western troops will be needed to win the conflict. The Soviet Union only managed 100,000, and one thing they weren't short of was soldiers.
The last thing this region needs is an escalation of the conflict. Somebody needs to send Barak Obama a copy of this book and tell him to think again on Afghanistan before it is too late.