Directorate S

Written By Steve Coll
Directorate S
  • Publsiher : Penguin
  • Release : 06 February 2018
  • ISBN : 052555730X
  • Pages : 784 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 2 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Directorate S written by Steve Coll which was release on 06 February 2018, this book published by Penguin. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. S., deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.S. was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan. Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s "Directorate S". This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.

Directorate S

Directorate S
  • Author : Steve Coll
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Total pages : 784
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 ...

Directorate S

Directorate S
  • Author : Steve Coll
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2018-02-01
  • Total pages : 784
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : 'Spellbinding ... a magisterial account of the great tragedy of our age ... it is a classic' Evening Standard 'In the finest traditions of American investigative journalism' The Times 'Spectacular ... makes Bourne movies pale in comparison' Financial Times From the Pulitzer Prize winning of the acclaimed Ghost Wars, this is the full ...

Directorate S

Directorate S
  • Author : Steve Coll
  • Publisher : Allen Lane
  • Release Date : 2018-01-29
  • Total pages : 757
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : In the wake of the terrible shock of 9/11, the C.I.A. scrambled to work out how to destroy Bin Laden and his associates. The C.I.A. had long familiarity with Afghanistan and had worked closely with the Taliban to defeat the Soviet Union there. A tangle of assumptions, ...

Intelligence Review

Intelligence Review
  • Author : Agha Amin
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2018-04-08
  • Total pages : 30
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : On page 12 the writer repeats a false and unsubstantiated claim that CIA pilots had to fly Russian MI series helicopters for Northern Alliance , whereas in reality Afghanistan never had any shortage of Afghan helicopter pilots.On page 14 the author confirms his absolute lack of knowledge of geography when he fallaciously ...

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  • Author : Pablo Antonio Fernández-Sánchez
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2022-05-09
  • Total pages : 440
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : The new means and methods of warfare challenge the law of armed conflict. For this reason, a deep legal and operational study was required to detect the existing gaps and deregulation....

Toward a Phenomenology of Terrorism

Toward a Phenomenology of Terrorism
  • Author : David Polizzi
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2021-07-16
  • Total pages : 261
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : This book examines the socio-psychological dynamics and drivers of terrorism from a humanistic perspective. Most interpret terrorism as meaningless, asocial violence but this book argues that it's not just a case of seeing 'who is killing whom' but that defining and understanding terrorism is configured by historical context and immediate ...

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  • Author : Hussain Nadim
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2022-07-22
  • Total pages : 140
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : This book analyses the aid, politics and the war of narratives between the US and Pakistan under the Kerry Lugar Berman Act (2009–2013), using the security-development nexus as a framing discourse and taking a decolonial approach to the subject. The book explores the politics of US foreign aid to Pakistan, with ...

The Battle for Pakistan

The Battle for Pakistan
  • Author : Shuja Nawaz
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-05-15
  • Total pages : 430
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : The Battle for Pakistan showcases a marriage of convenience between unequal partners. The relationship between Pakistan and the United States since the early 1950s has been nothing less than a whiplash-inducing rollercoaster ride. Today, surrounded by hostile neighbors, with Afghanistan increasingly under Indian influence, Pakistan does not wish to break ...

The Afghanistan Wars

The Afghanistan Wars
  • Author : William Maley
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-11-03
  • Total pages : 377
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : A whole generation has grown up in Afghanistan knowing little but the ravages of war. The dramatic overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001 was simply one event in a series of interrelated struggles which have blighted ordinary people's lives over the last three decades, and which continue to interfere with ...

A Companion to U S Foreign Relations

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  • Author : Christopher R. W. Dietrich
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2020-03-04
  • Total pages : 1184
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Covers the entire range of the history of U.S. foreign relations from the colonial period to the beginning of the 21st century. A Companion to U.S. Foreign Relations is an authoritative guide to past and present scholarship on the history of American diplomacy and foreign relations from its ...

The Third Option

The Third Option
  • Author : Loch K. Johnson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-12-15
  • Total pages : 408
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : "Covert action, often called the Third Option, refers to efforts by the United States to secretly influence international affairs through propaganda, as well as political, economic, and paramilitary operations. It is a dimly lit world of secret agents; poison-dart guns; vials of curare, cobra venom, and shellfish toxins; barrels of ...

Landpower in the Long War

Landpower in the Long War
  • Author : Jason W. Warren
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2019-06-14
  • Total pages : 376
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : War and landpower's role in the twenty-first century is not just about military organizations, tactics, operations, and technology; it is also about strategy, policy, and social and political contexts. After fourteen years of war in the Middle East with dubious results, a diminished national reputation, and a continuing drawdown of ...

On Absolute War

On Absolute War
  • Author : Eric Fleury
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-01-15
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : This book is an analysis of terrorism, a summary of its historical evolution, and an evaluation of its contemporary character. The struggle against terrorism has taken on a military character, and a Clausewitz perspective is necessary to show how warfare subordinates use of force to political considerations....

Losing the Long Game

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  • Author : Philip H. Gordon
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Total pages : 288
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : The definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decades—and why it always seems to go wrong. "Must reading—by someone who saw it first-hand—for all interested in America’s foreign policy and its place in the world.” —...

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Terrorism Worldwide  2018
  • Author : Edward Mickolus
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2019-02-21
  • Total pages : 185
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : This comprehensive worldwide study catalogs terrorist attacks in 2018, during which the Islamic State continued its decline from a quasi-government commanding territory the size of the United Kingdom to a more traditional terrorist network controlling just 1000 square miles. Yet IS still boasts 30,000 adherents in Syria and Iraq, with many others awaiting ...