Anand Gopal

How an American Fantasy Conflict Created Disaster in Afghanistan

[This essay is taken from chapter five of Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of Metropolitan Books.]

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How the U.S. Created the Afghan War - Then Lost It

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Who Are the Taliban? The Afghan War Deciphered

Just when the Obama presidency-to-be was revving up to introduce its new national security "team" and reformulate U.S. policy in Afghanistan and the Pakistani border regions, the Afghan War ratcheted up a notch -- and not because there was another missile strike from an American drone aircraft in the Pakistani tribal borderlands, or because yet more civilians died in U.S. military operations, or even because attacks by "the Taliban" rose yet again to new heights.

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