Afghanistan War

Afghanistan War

by Rodney P. Carlisle




The September 11, 2001, terror attacks orchestrated by al-Qaeda prompted the United States to declare a "War on Terror". When the Taliban government of Afghanistan refused to extradite al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a U.S.-led coalition went to war with Afghanistan, overthrowing the Taliban government. However, as the coalition did not capture bin Laden and many of his followers, the battle against the terrorists continues, while a war-torn and ravaged Afghanistan struggles to rebuild. Afghanistan War features and up-to-date account of the battles, weapons, tactics, and people involved in this ongoing conflict.

Chelsea House is proud to announce the updating and revision of its critically acclaimed America at War series. Features of this revised edition include the addition of color images and maps throughout, as well as extra sidebars and a new chapter on weapons and tactics used in the conduct of each war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816081196
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Series: America at War Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 In Action, Afghanistan 1

Modern Afghanistan 2

The Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle 4

Improvised Explosive Devices 5

International Security Assistance Force 7

2 Afghanistan's History 9

Islam 13

Ethnolinguistic Groups Locations 14

Afghan Ethnic Groups 15

Mujahideen Parties 18

Afghanistan Chronology, 1919-1992 20

3 The Soviet Invasion, 1979-1989 23

The Soviet Decision 24

Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 26

Poor Soviet Preparation 28

Weapons from Outside 31

4 The Origins of Al-Qaeda 37

The Muslim Brotherhood 38

The Persian Gulf War 43

Attacks on U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 46

5 The Rise of the Taliban 47

Madrassas and Talibs 49

Deobandi 50

Afghanistan Civil War, 1990s 51

Taliban Values 53

Chronology, 1989-2001 55

6 Women During the Taliban Regime 60

Afghan Women before the Taliban 61

Roots of Taliban Ideas about Women 62

The Burqa 64

Television and Hollywood Join the Cause 67

7 9/11 and Afghanistan 68

The World Trade Center and the Earlier Bombing 72

Attack on the USS Cole 74

Crime or Act of War? 76

8 Americans at War, October-December 2001 79

The Northern Alliance 81

Daisy Cutter 86

A Just War? 88

9 Occupation and International Forces 91

Anaconda 94

Casualty Rates 96

ISAF Troop Commitments 98

Provincial Reconstruction Teams 100

10 The Administration of Hamid Karzai 103

Loya Jirga 105

Political Parties in Afghanistan 108

Afghanistan Cabinet Members 110

11 U.S. Debates Over Policy 114

Contrasts and Similarities 117

John Kerry on Afghanistan 120

Law Enforcement or War 122

12 Pakistan and Afghanistan 123

Pashtun Tribes of the NWFP and FATA, 21st Century 124

Pakistan's History 125

Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons 127

13 Weapons and Tactics 132

Topographical Map of Afghanistan 134

Soviet Tactics 135

Soviet Armor in Afghanistan 136

The Stinger 138

The Predator 142

Afghanistan War's Distinctive Profile 144

14 The Road Ahead 149

Afghanistan and Its Neighbors 151

The Surge in Afghanistan 157

Richard Holbrooke and His Mission 158

Glossary 160

Further Reading 164

Index 166

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