HOW WE MISSED THE STORY: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan by ProQuest


The story of Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the rise of the Taliban and their post 9/11 removal from power is an exciting tale that includes shifting clan loyalties, historic ethnic enmity, largerthan-life personalities, and good old-fashioned, bare-knuckle politics. Gutman holds the National Command Authority, the State Department, and the CIA responsible for failing to recognize that Osama bin-Laden had hijacked Afghanistan, that Bin-Laden's declaration of war against the U.S. was real, and that Pakistan was complicit in supporting the Taliban (and, by proxy, Bin-Laden himself).

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