By Robert L. Grenier
The “first” Afghan struggle, a CIA warfare in line with 11th of September, was once directed via the CIA Station leader in Islamabad. It positioned Hamid Karzai in strength in 88 days. “If you will want an insider’s account of the 1st American-Afghan conflict, you can’t do larger than this…Important analyzing to appreciate the place we're today” (Library Journal).
From his practise of the unique, post-9/11 warfare plan, licensed by means of 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 brilliant eighty-eight days.
“With his ringside seat because the senior company reliable stationed closest to Afghanistan, Grenier is ready to describe assembly by means of assembly, occasionally cell name after telephone name, how occasions unfolded” (The big apple Times). In his gripping account, we meet: basic Tommy Franks, who bridles at CIA keep an eye on of “his” battle; normal “Jafar Amin,” a gruff Pakistani intelligence officer who saves Grenier from committing profession suicide; Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s remarkable ambassador to the united states, who attempts to warn her executive of the al-Qa’ida risk; and Hamid Karzai, the difficult anti-Taliban rebel, a guy with components of greatness, petulance, and moods.
With suspense and perception, Grenier info 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