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Unholy wars : Afghanistan, America, and international terrorism
Cooley, John K., 1927-2008.
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New edition.
Publication Information:
London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiii, 299 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Carter and Brezhnev in the Valley of Decision -- Anwar al-Sadat -- Zia al-Haq -- Deng Xiaoping -- Recruiters, trainers, trainees and assorted spooks -- Donors, bankers and profiteers -- Poppy fields, killing fields and druglords -- Russia: bitter aftertaste and reluctant return -- The contagion spreads: Egypt and the Maghreb -- The contagion spreads: the assault on America -- More contagion: the Philippines -- Epilogue.

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To oppose the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the USA formed an extraordinary anti-communist alliance with militant Islamic forces in South Asia. In this controversial book, John Cooley provides a behind-the-scenes account of this alliance and of how the CIA planned and ran the holy war in Afghanistan. In this edition Cooley brings the subject up to date with a description of the Bin Laden-linked terrorist conspiracy network uncovered in the US and Canada since December 1999. He also covers the important events in Pakistan since the military coup of October 1999 and the impact of this on Indo-Pakistani relations, and focuses on recent events in Algeria, which have been linked to the extremist GIA - the group whose members are alleged to be involved in the new US-Canada conspiracies.

Author Notes

John K. Cooley is a correspondent for ABC News and has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa.He is the author of five other books on the Middle East, including Payback: America’s Long War in the Middle East (1991) and Libyan Sandstorm: Qaddafi’s Revolution (1981).

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Library Journal Review

Cooley, an ABC correspondent who has spent many years in the Middle East, calls his book a "narration," and indeed it reads more like a conversation than a traditional book. He focuses on the numerous riots, uprisings, and terrorist acts in the Arabic-speaking parts of the Middle East over the last two decades, which began when freedom fighters in Afghanistan returned to their home countries after the Afghan war. Cooley carries such ties even to the World Trade Center and Kenyan and Tanzanian embassy bombings. Since the CIA (and others) funded the fighters in Afghanistan, we are reaping a strange harvest for our efforts. Although there are minor factual errors and some of the movements may have fewer ties to Afghanistan than Cooley implies in his more sweeping statements, this provocative book certainly will provide insight into many events in the Middle East for the general reader.ÄDonald Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Edward W. Said
Mapsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Forewordp. xix
1 Carter and Brezhnev in the Valley of Decisionp. 1
2 Anwar al-Sadatp. 19
3 Zia al-Haqp. 35
4 Deng Xiaopingp. 51
5 Recruiters, Trainers, Trainees and Assorted Spooksp. 64
6 Donors, Bankers and Profiteersp. 86
7 Poppy Fields, Killing Fields and Druglordsp. 105
8 Russia: Bitter Aftertaste and Reluctant Returnp. 135
9 The Contagion Spreads: Egypt and the Maghrebp. 155
10 More Contagion: The Philippinesp. 181
11 The Contagion Spreads: The Assault on Americap. 193
Epilogue to the Third Editionp. 227
Notesp. 233
Appendix I Press Release From United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, November 4, 1998p. 243
Appendix II The Resolution of the CPSU Central Committeep. 245
Indexp. 250