No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Anand Gopal

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1250069262

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Anand Gopal

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1250069262

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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"Essential reading for anyone concerned about how America got Afghanistan so wrong. A devastating, well-honed prosecution detailing how our government bungled the initial salvo in the so-called war on terror, ignored attempts by top Taliban leaders to surrender, trusted the wrong people, and backed a feckless and corrupt Afghan regime . . . It is ultimately the most compelling account I've read of how Afghans themselves see the war." --The New York Times Book Review

In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces the lives of three Afghans caught in America's war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a U.S.-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality. Through their dramatic stories, No Good Men Among the Living stunningly lays bare the workings of America's longest war and the truth behind its prolonged agony.

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other way. She fought the urge to look back. Some days later he appeared again. This time, before she could flee, he blurted out that he wanted to get to know the woman that he might spend the rest of his life with. He meant no harm, he insisted, and no one would know that they had spoken. It was just for his peace of mind. She agreed to walk with him. He quickly slid into lengthy monologues about politics and religion and the war. He was distinctly modern, progressive, in a way she’d never

there,” Lieutenant Colonel Jim Yonts, spokesman for the US Central Command, told reporters. Yet it soon became apparent that the captives had all followed Burget Khan in embracing the new American order. After five days, they were brought to Kandahar’s soccer stadium and released. A crowd of thousands, who had made the trip from Maiwand, was there to greet them. A few months earlier many of these farmers had packed the stadium seats waving the new Afghan flag and chanting in favor of the coming

of land and commanded the allegiance of thousands from his tribe, the Alizais. Having survived the civil war with relatively clean hands, he enjoyed popular support, and under his reign Khas Uruzgan remained largely at peace. He worked closely with US forces, landing lucrative contracts for reconstruction and security. Such success did not go unnoticed in Tirin Kot, and JMK began to fear that his gilded position atop the province’s patronage pyramid was in jeopardy, that his own appointee was

and looked at Rahim. “This isn’t my decision. It’s the decision of all the scholars. Now do you agree?” Rahim asked how scholars sitting in Pakistan could possibly decide on issues here in Maiwand, but Adaam waved him off. The next morning the captives were brought out in groups to a canal at the edge of the village. On their motorbikes, armed Taliban had gathered across the way. At once, the prisoners realized their fate. Some began wailing, some pleading for mercy. The young man to whom Rahim

Americans returned. As the soldiers approached a home, a dog growled and they shot it. A villager ran out, thinking a thief was on the premises, and they shot him too. His younger brother emerged with a gun and fired into the darkness, yelling for his neighbors. The soldiers shot him as well, and the barrage of bullets also hit his mother as she peered out a window. The soldiers then tied the three bodies together, dragged them into a room, and set off explosives. A pair of children stood

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