Modern Warfare, The Afghan War, Operation Enduring Freedom 2001-2014

B2156

 

A worthy addition to a fine series of books reviewing Modern Warfare. As with other titles in the series, this book features concise text and lavish illustration that includes full colour images. For enthusiasts and professionals, this will be a useful and interesting addition to available knowledge about the Cold War and its many hot local wars, fought through proxies. It is well-timed as Russia once more plunges the world back into a cold war that will be all the more dangerous and unpredictable than the first Cold War. The book also provides an excellent entry point for those wishing to develop their knowledge of modern warfare at and affordable price.

This book sets out the history and the prospects in a clear and easily followed way. The information gap that has existed in very dangerous as international relations become more fragile and unpredictable. Books like this new title provide a valuable service in correcting the knowledge gaps. Highly recommended.

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NAME: Modern Warfare, The Afghan War, Operation Enduring Freedom 2001-2014
DATE: 200215
FILE: R2156
AUTHOR: Anthony Tucker-Jones
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 128
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: al-Qaeda, Taliban, North West Frontier, Russia, US, 9/11, Twin Towers, asymmetric warfare, fire base, column warfare, IED, ambush, warlord, opium, Muslim
ISBN: 1-78303-020-8
IMAGE: B2156.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A worthy addition to a fine series of books reviewing Modern Warfare. As with other titles in the series, this book features concise text and lavish illustration that includes full colour images. For enthusiasts and professionals, this will be a useful and interesting addition to available knowledge about the Cold War and its many hot local wars, fought through proxies. It is well-timed as Russia once more plunges the world back into a cold war that will be all the more dangerous and unpredictable than the first Cold War. The book also provides an excellent entry point for those wishing to develop their knowledge of modern warfare at and affordable price.

The US struck back in anger after the terror attacks on Washington and New York. That was understandable but it was a mistake because there was no post-battle plan or exit strategy. The result might have been better has the US neo-cons and the British war criminal Blair not gone off at a tangent and invaded Iraq, triggering a sequence of events that have now entered a new phase, with Daesh exporting a new wave of terror out of Syria and into Iraq.

The initial stages of the Afghan invasion went smoothly. Northern Warlords joined the Allied invaders and swept through Afghanistan, driving the al Qaeda terrorists into the border area with Pakistan, along with most of the Taliban. However, the Afghan conflict was following a pattern that has been repeated many times over the last few Centuries and in many respects traces back through the centuries to Alexander the Great. The Afghan tribes regard invaders as an enemy than succeeds in bringing tribes together in common defence. Total military victory is difficult because the tribal fighters are lightly equipped and can fade away into the border area or across the border into Pakistan where they have tribal connections and a shared faith.

What has largely happened is that the Taliban have been encouraged by their history in the knowledge that invaders always give up and withdraw, allowing the tribal fighters to flow back into the vacated spaces and territories. Some of the Taliban will be happy to become the new government and be moderately acceptable to the Americans. Other Taliban fighters will probably resort to the old tribal feuds and a form of civil war will continue.

It remains to be seen how much of the new freedoms, introduced for women with the Allied invasion, will survive. The probability is that the situation will return to much the same environment as existed before the invasion. It is also probable that both Russia and the US will seek to intervene in the future. This is unlikely to be on the scale of the earlier Russian occupation, or the Allied invasion by the American led force.

This book sets out the history and the prospects in a clear and easily followed way. The information gap that has existed in very dangerous as international relations become more fragile and unpredictable. Books like this new title provide a valuable service in correcting the knowledge gaps. Highly recommended.

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