By Robert L. Grenier
The “first” Afghan warfare, a CIA conflict in keeping with 11th of September, used to be directed by way of the CIA Station leader in Islamabad. It placed Hamid Karzai in energy in 88 days. “If you will want an insider’s account of the 1st American-Afghan struggle, you can’t do larger than this…Important examining to appreciate the place we're today” (Library Journal).
From his education of the unique, post-9/11 conflict plan, licensed via President Bush, via to “final” fleeting victory, Robert Grenier relates the story of the “southern campaign,” which drove al-Qa’ida and the Taliban from Kandahar, its capital, in an remarkable eighty-eight days.
“With his ringside seat because the senior enterprise reliable stationed closest to Afghanistan, Grenier is ready to describe assembly via assembly, occasionally mobilephone name after mobilephone name, how occasions unfolded” (The long island Times). In his gripping account, we meet: common Tommy Franks, who bridles at CIA keep an eye on of “his” warfare; normal “Jafar Amin,” a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saves Grenier from committing occupation suicide; Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s awesome ambassador to the USA, who attempts to warn her executive of the al-Qa’ida hazard; and Hamid Karzai, the complicated anti-Taliban rebel, a guy with parts of greatness, petulance, and moods.
With suspense and perception, Grenier information his very own struggles and triumphs. 88 Days to Kandahar is “an action-packed story, wealthy in implication, of the post-9/11 race to unseat the Taliban and rout al-Qaida in Afghanistan” (Kirkus Reviews).
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88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary by Robert L. Grenier