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, ...

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  • 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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Ghost Wars
  • Author : Steve Coll
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2005-03-03
  • Total pages : 736
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution. Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US ...

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  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-10-27
  • Total pages : 352
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Veteran diplomatic correspondent Paul Richter goes behind the battles and the headlines to show how American ambassadors are the unconventional warriors in the Muslim world—running local government, directing drone strikes, building nations, and risking their lives on the front lines. The tale’s heroes are a small circle of ...

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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 ...

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  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2021-09-14
  • Total pages : 384
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Examine the ways in which expertise, reason, and manners are continually under attack in our institutions, courts, political arenas, and social venues with this collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist. George F. Will has been one of this country’s leading columnists since 1974. He won the Pulitzer Prize for ...

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  • Author : Anthony Teitler
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-06-07
  • Total pages : 228
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Providing a study of US policy towards Afghanistan from the Soviet intervention of 1979 to the exit of US/International Security Assistance Forces combat troops at the end of 2014, this book examines how the United States’ construction of its interests has shaped its long-term involvement with that country. Recognising that there ...

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  • Author : Milton Bearden,James Risen
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2003-05-06
  • Total pages : 576
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them. Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The ...

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  • Author : Tim Weiner
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2012-03-01
  • Total pages : 560
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : The epic, disturbing story of how the FBI is America's real secret service 'Such creatures of passion, disloyalty, and anarchy must be crushed out. The hand of our power should close over them at once' President Woodrow Wilson, 1919 The United States is a country founded on the ideals of democracy ...

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  • Author : Eric Schmitt,Thom Shanker
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2011-08-16
  • Total pages : 336
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Inside the Pentagon's secretive and revolutionary new strategy to fight terrorism--and its game-changing effects in the Middle East and at home In the years following the 9/11 attacks, the United States waged a "war on terror" that sought to defeat Al Qaeda through brute force. But it soon became clear that ...

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  • Author : Matthew M. Aid
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2012-01-10
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : The shock of the 9/11 attacks sent the American intelligence community into hyperactive growth. Five hundred billion dollars of spending in the Bush-Cheney years turned the U.S. spy network into a monster: 200,000-plus employees, stations in 170 countries, and an annual budget of more than $75 billion. Armed with cutting-edge surveillance gear, ...

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  • Publisher : Regnery Pub
  • Release Date : 1993-11
  • Total pages : 306
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Dan Rather provides the foreword to a work that reveals the CIA's role in the support of Afghanistan's Mujahaddin during the Afghan War, showing how that support was intertwined, in contradiction to U.S. law, with support of Nicaragua's Contras....

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  • Author : Ferrukh Mir
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2011-03-10
  • Total pages : 524
  • ISBN : 052555730X
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Summary : Half Truth is an endeavor to portray the real picture of todays burning and bleeding Afghanistan. It unveils the hidden faces and ruthless powerful forces behind this exclusive global tragedy. It reveals, how Afghanistan was turned into a battlefield in mid seventies, using highly emotional religious slogan (Jihad) as a ...