Development of Taliban Factions in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Geographical Account, February 2010

Author: Amin, Agha, David J. Osinski and Paul Andre DeGeorges
Year:2010
Pages:160
ISBN:0-7734-3725-8
978-0-7734-3725-8
Price:139.95
This work pieces together an understanding of the Afghanistan War, primarily through the principle author’s knowledge and writings, secondarily through relevant books and articles by other authors. The goal is to provide a “primer” that individuals with little understanding of this region can use to educate themselves on the real issues of the War, issues that are rarely spoken about in the filtered politicized Western media. This book will be of value to young soldiers or diplomats being deployed for the first time to this region of the world.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
RADICAL, “JIHADIST,” OR POLITICAL ISLAM
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AFHGANISTAN
WHO ARE THE TALIBAN?
GOOD TALIBAN/AFGHAN TALIBAN
PAKISTAN TALIBAN/ WAZIRISTAN/BAD TALIBAN
al-Qaeda LINKED TALIBAN
IRAN/RUSSIAN LINKED TALIBAN
PUNJABI TALIBAN
DRUG MAFIA TALIBAN & OTHER SOURCES OF TALIBAN FINANCING
OTHER GROUPS
Pakistani Baluchistan
Haqqani Network
Afghan War Lords
Shia Iran
HEART OF THE MATTER
Oil & Natural Gas
Nuclear Weapons
INDIA/PAKISTAN ISSUE
Kashmir “Water Wars”
Pakistan Today
POTENTIAL OF AFGHAN CONFLICT SPREADING TO CENTRAL ASIA
THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN
PROXIMATE VERSUS ULTIMATE CAUSES OF CONFLICT CONCLUDING REMARKS
A Proxy War
A Combination of State and Non-State Actors
Known and Hidden Actors
Pakistan, a Case of “Hunting with the Hounds and Running with the Foxes”
Ethnic Factors
The Great Myth of 80,000 Pakistani Troops
A Case of Large Spaces and Insufficient Force Ratios
A Case of Inconclusive Civil War
A Case of Long-Term U.S. Strategic Interests and Its Clash with Regional Actors
A Case of an Undeclared Indo Pak War Being Fought in Afghanistan
U.S.-Pakistan Relationship is Complex
Pakistan at Cross Roads of Choice of Direction
In Conclusion
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX