Ahmed Rashid

  • T In the spring of 1992, as the Communist government in Afghanistan started imploding after the collapse of the Soviet Union, seven Afghan mujahedeen leaders, pumped full of CIA money, gathered in Peshawar to discuss how to take over Afghanistan and share power peacefully.The man who brought them ...

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  • T. The violence in Afghanistan was sparked off by the burning of the Koran in the US. The rioting began in Mazar-e-Sharif when the UN office was ransacked and seven UN officials and guards were brutally murdered. The demonstrations then spread south to Kandahar where over two days some 13 people ...

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  • TFor much of the 20th century before the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was a peaceful country living in harmony with its neighbours. There was a king and a real government, which I witnessed in the 1970s when I frequently travelled there. Afghanistan had what Ill call a minimalist state, ...

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