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Taliban:  Islam, Oil And The New Great Game In Central Asia Ahmed Rashid

Taliban: Islam, Oil And The New Great Game In Central Asia

Ahmed Rashid

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ISBN : 9781860644177
Paperback
274 pages
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Shrouding themselves & their aims in secrecy, the leaders of the Taliban movement control Afghanistan with an inflexible, crushing fundamentalism. The most extreme & radical of all Islamic organizations, the Taliban inspires fascination,MoreShrouding themselves & their aims in secrecy, the leaders of the Taliban movement control Afghanistan with an inflexible, crushing fundamentalism. The most extreme & radical of all Islamic organizations, the Taliban inspires fascination, controversy & fear in both the Muslim world & the West. Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban into focus in this enormously interesting & revealing book. Its the only authoritative account of the Taliban & modern day Afghanistan available to English language readers.Based on his experiences as a journalist covering the civil war in Afghanistan for 20 years, traveling & living with the Taliban, & interviewing most of the Taliban leaders since their emergence to power in 1994, Rashid offers unparalleled 1sthand information. He explains how the growth of Taliban power has already created severe instability in Russia, Iran, Pakistan & five Central Asian republics. He describes the Talibans role as a major player in a new Great Game: a competition among Western countries & companies to build oil & gas pipelines from Central Asia to Western & Asian markets. The author also discusses the controversial changes in American attitudes toward the Taliban--from early support to recent bombings of Osama Bin Ladens hideaway & other Taliban-protected terrorist bases--& how theyve influenced the stability of the region.