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Afghanistan: A Military History

Stephen Tanner



For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, Tartar, and, in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. When U.S. troops entered Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11, 2001, they overthrew the Afghan Taliban regime and sent the terrorists it harboured on the run. But America's initial easy victory is sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence.

Stephen Tanner's Afghanistan illuminates the broad historical context into which American forces have been drawn - a cautionary tale about the land known as the graveyard of empires.


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