For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Whose Army?
Afghanistan's Future and the Blueprint for Civil War
  • Musa Khan Jalalzai
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Whose Army?. Afghanistan's Future and the Blueprint for Civil War
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The Afghan National Army is shrinking by the day, and this book explores the implications as the West prepares to leave the country to its own devices.

Having broken the system that was in place, the US and NATO are now leaving Afghanistan to face Taliban elements, criminal warlords, and private militias which disrupt any efforts to pull the nation together. 

A top international journalist shares his analysis of this data along with the vital observations of professionals operating in the field, and the remarks of many reporters and commentators. The author then assesses the likelihood of civil war. 

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About the Author

Musa Khan Jalalzai is a journalist whose experience includes over 20 years extensive research in political analysis, Afghanistan, terrorism issues, and human trafficking. His articles have been published by The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Moscow Times (English-language daily). He has published several books studying sectarian and ethnic violence, policing, and terrorism in various parts of the world, as well as the increasing crime, corruption and instability in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the region. During the First Gulf War (1991-1993) he was a research scholar at the Pakistan Institute of National Affairs where he completed two books on Persian Gulf politics. Jalalzai was Executive Director of the Daily Outlook, Afghanistan (2005-2009), and is a permanent writer of articles for Pakistan's daily The Post. He has a regular column in the Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan) and The New Nation (Bangladesh).

He notes, "This book could not have been completed without the strong encouragement and support of former Director General, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), General Asad Durrani and my Afghan friends in both the Interior and Defense Ministries of Afghanistan. I would like to thank former Chief of ISI, General Hamid Gul, who rang me up from Islamabad, Pakistan, and provided information regarding the importance of time and space in modern military conflicts. My friends Saqalain Imam of BBC Urdu Service London and Wadood Mushtaq of ARY TV Channel updated my knowledge of the war on terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

About the Book
As Western troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the Afghan National Army (ANA), such as it is, has been tasked with securing the country. Yet the ANA arose under foreign tutelage and will remain dependent upon foreign support for the foreseeable...
As Western troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the Afghan National Army (ANA), such as it is, has been tasked with securing the country. Yet the ANA arose under foreign tutelage and will remain dependent upon foreign support for the foreseeable future. Thus it can only be seen by the majority of Afghans as a legacy of the occupation and not a 'national'¯ institution.

The focus is set primarily on the ANA's ability to carry out the task it has been assigned: 'ensuring security in Afghanistan.' Along the way, the author covers a wide spectrum of topics: the current state of the Afghan National army (ANA), Taliban infiltration, intelligence failures, the "intelligence war" among various nations and alliances (NATO, US, UK, ISAF), green on blue attacks, and the rise of war criminals heading private militias which present the biggest challenge to the reorganization of State institutions. 

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BBC Urdu Service London. UK | More »
TV Journalist, London | More »
What Transpires in Afghanistan, DAILY TIMES, Pakistan | More »

Pages 200
Year: 2014
BISAC: HIS027190
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ISBN: 978-1-62894-054-1
Price: USD 22.95
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