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Afghan Frontier: at the Crossroads of Conflict
 

Afghan Frontier: at the Crossroads of ConflictAfghan Frontier: At the Crossroads of Conflict

Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2003 and 2010

‘This frontier is now a crucial frontline. Afghan Frontiertakes you on a fascinating journey into its history and culture and I have carried it with me on many trips. The book is a superb guide to understanding a volatile region.’
– Lyse Doucet, BBC World Service

‘Evocative and exciting. Afghan Frontier takes us from Alexander the Great to the War on Terrorism by way of Kipling and the Great Game. It belongs in every library.’
– Sandy Gall, CBE, journalist, author of Afghanistan: Agony of a Nation and Behind Russian Lines: Filming the Afghan Resistance, former ITN news presenter.

‘A work of original research, written with elegance and enthusiasm,’ Dublin Sunday Press

Excerpt:

Afghanistan today

The hope that the people of Afghanistan might live in peace after the overthrow of Taliban rule was not fulfilled. In October 2003, amid increasing violence, the UN Security Council authorised ISAF to extend its operations from Kabul to other parts of the country. In addition, NATO assumed responsibility for appointing ISAF commanders. Efforts also continued to strengthen the democratic process. In January 2004, the loya jirga adopted a new constitution which provided for a President and two Vice-Presidents, and equality for women...More than five years after the Taliban's fall the Karzai government still had only nominal control over most parts of Afghanistan... Meanwhile, the FATA in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province had become a safe haven for the Taliban and remnants of Al Qaeda...Pakistani military operations in Waziristan, Bajaur and Swat, where pro-Taliban extremists had taken control and indiscriminately killed local inhabitants, failed to stabilise those regions.

[Afterword: No Peace, p. 353-354.]

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