Unholy Wars

Unholy Wars : Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism

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To oppose the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the US formed an extraordinary anti-communist alliance with militant Islamic forces in Central Asia. In this controversial book, John Cooley provides a behind-the-scenes account of this alliance and of how the CIA planned and ran the "holy war" in Afghanistan. Cooley describes the development of US foreign policy and CIA covert activity in the 1980s, which facilitated the training and arming of almost a quarter of a million Islamic mercenaries drawn from across the Arab world. Cooley marshals evidence to demonstrate the devastating consequences of this training once the mercenaries returned to their own countries - from the assassination of Sadat, the destabilisation of Algeria and Chechenya and the emergence of the Taliban, to the bombings of the World Trade Centre and the US embassies in Africa.
Cooley examines the crucial role of Pakistan's military intelligence organisation; uncovers China's involvement and its aftermath; the extent of Saudi financial support; the role of "America's most wanted man", the guerrilla leader Osama bin Laden; the BCCI connection; and the CIA's cynical promotion of drug traffic in the Golden Crescent.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 144.78 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 793.78g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 4 maps, notes, index
  • 0745313280
  • 9780745313283

About John K. Cooley

John K. Cooley is a correspondent for ABC News and has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa. In 1996 he received the coveted George Polk Memorial Award from Long Island University for a a distinguished career achievement in international reportagea for more than 40 years of reporting and living in the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author of five other books on the Middle East, including Payback: Americaa s Long War in the Middle East (1991) and Libyan Sandstorm: Qaddafia s Revolution (1981)."
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Table of contents

Carter and Brezhnev in the Valley of Decision; Anwar al-Sadat; Zia al-Haq; Deng Xiaoping; recruiters, trainers, trainees and assorted spooks; donors, bankers and profiteers; poppy fields, killing fields and druglords; Russia - bitter aftertaste and reluctant return; the Contagion Spreads: 1 - Egypt and the Maghreb; the Contagion Spreads: 2 - the assault on America.
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