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Reaping the whirlwind : the Taliban movement in Afghanistan

Author: Michael Griffin
Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2001.
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"Reaping the Whirlwind provides the first comprehensive profile of the Taliban in the twenty-first century. Drawing on numerous interviews with key protagonists, conducted over a period of several years, Michael Griffin provides a fascinating eyewitness account of the Afghan conflict. He explains the origins and beliefs of the Taliban movement, its religious and political ethos, and the character of its particular  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Griffin, Michael.
Reaping the whirlwind.
London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2001
(OCoLC)606499237
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Griffin
ISBN: 0745312691 9780745312699 0745312748 9780745312743
OCLC Number: 45263844
Description: xxi, 283 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Killing of Najibullah 1 --
2. City of Night 17 --
3. Warriors of God 33 --
4. Mission to Cleanse 53 --
5. Burning Down the House 69 --
6. Zahir Option 85 --
7. River Between 101 --
8. New Emirates 114 --
9. Nest of Vipers 128 --
10. Oblivion's Feast 141 --
11. Hostages 157 --
12. Ignoble Grave 174 --
13. A Fistful of Dollars 194 --
14. Satellites and Stars 211 --
15. Bicycle Thieves 225 --
16. Mr Sam & the Food and Beverage Industry 239 --
Principal Characters 253.
Responsibility: Michael Griffin.

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Afghanistan's unstable history has been further complicated by the emergence of the Taliban - one of the most conservative and least understood Islamic movements. This book provides an account of  Read more...

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