Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism

 
9780143028031: Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism

'[A] masterpiece of reportorial thoroughness, painstaking research, and serious reflection.' Edward W. Said

'Cooley’s important and timely book examines a strange love affair that went disastrously wrong, the alliance between America and some of the most conservative and fanatical followers of Islam.' Los Angeles Times Book Review

'The devil of John Cooley’s unsettling book is in the detail ... A persuasive argument against one-night stands in international alliances and makes clear that there will be an intolerable price to pay if Islam replaces communism as the next ‘Satanic foe”’. Independent on Sunday

This completely revised edition examines the events of September 11th 2001, Osama bin Laden's role and the complex working of the Al Qa'ida terror network. This is the classic book on the history of the USA's involvement with Afghanistan that explains the devastating consequences of the alliance between the US government and radical Islam. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the current international crisis.

Cooley marshals a wealth of evidence – from the assassination of Sadat, the destabilisation of Algeria and Chechnya and the emergence of the Taliban, to the bombings of the World Trade Center and the US embassies in Africa. He 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' Osama bin Laden; the BCCI connection; the CIA’s cynical promotion of drug traffic in the Golden Crescent; the events in Pakistan since the military coup of October 1999; and, finally, the events of September 11th 2001 and their continuing impact on world affairs.

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'The definitive account.' The Guardian; 'Cooley's argument, amply documented, is that virtually everyone involved in the Afghan affair paid an extortionate price.... His thesis has been vindicated by recent events.' London Review of Books; "[A] masterpiece of reportorial thoroughness, painstaking research, and serious reflection." Edward W. Said; 'The devil of John Cooley's unsettling book is in the detail... A persuasive argument against one-night stands in international alliances'. Independent on Sunday

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'The devil of John Cooley's unsettling book is in the detail ... A persuasive argument against one-night stands in international alliances.' Independent on Sunday

'Cooley's argument, amply documented, is that virtually everyone involved in the Afghan affair paid an extortionate price ... His thesis has been vindicated by recent events.' Tariq Ali, London Review of Books

To oppose the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the United States formed an extraordinary anti-communist alliance with militant Islamic forces in South Asia. In this controversial and acclaimed book, John Cooley provides the first behind-the-scenes account of this alliance and of how the CIA planned and ran the 'holy war' in Afghanistan. This new edition brings the subject up to date with the US and Canada since December 1999. Cooley covers the important events that have taken place in Algeria; the impact of Pakistan's military coup of October 1999 on Indo-Pakistani relations; and the political destabilization of the Philippines through the Muslim separatist uprising which began in 1998, especially the orgy of kidnapping for profit by the former Afghan Abu Sayyaf group in 2000.

'Important and timely ... [It] examines a strange love affair that went disastrously wrong, the alliance of America and some of the most conservative and fanatical followers of Islam.' Los Angeles Times Book Review

'Read this book and you will see the clash between radical Islam and the West in a new light.' Charles William Maynes, former editor, Foreign Policy

John K. Cooley is a correspondent for ABC News and has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author of five other books on the Middle East, including Payback: America's Long War in the Middle East (1991) and Libyan Sandstorm: Qaddafi's Revolution (1981).

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