The Resource Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll., (ebook)

Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll., (ebook)

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Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Title
Directorate S
Title remainder
the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Statement of responsibility
Steve Coll.
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Language
eng
Summary
"Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first time 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." -- Publisher's description
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Coll, Steve
Dewey number
970.980
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E897
LC item number
.C655 2018eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll., (ebook)
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 693-736) and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Blind into battle, September 2001-December 2001. "Something has happened to Khalid" -- Judgment day -- Friends like these -- Risk management -- Catastrophic success -- Losing the peace, 2002-2006. Small change -- Taliban for Karzai -- The enigma -- "His rules were different than our rules" -- Mr. Big -- Ambassador vs. ambassador -- Digging a hole in the ocean -- Radicals -- The best intentions, 2006-2009. Suicide detectives -- Plan Afghanistan -- Murder and the deep state -- Hard data -- Tough love -- Terror and the deep state -- The new big dogs -- Losing Karzai -- A war to give people a chance -- The end of illusion, 2010-2014. The one-man C.I.A. -- The conflict resolution cell -- Kayani 2.0 -- Lives and limbs -- Kayani 3.0 -- Hostages -- Dragon's breath -- Martyrs day -- Fight and talk -- The Afghan hand -- Homicide division -- Self-inflicted wounds -- Coups d'<U+00d4>etat -- Epilogue: victim impact statements
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unknown
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1 online resource (xxiii, 757 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780525557302
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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illustrations, maps, portraits.
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
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remote
Stock number
D1838C4A-E2EB-4ECB-8A13-BB0671965422
System control number
  • on1022267438
  • (OCoLC)1022267438
Label
Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll., (ebook)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 693-736) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Blind into battle, September 2001-December 2001. "Something has happened to Khalid" -- Judgment day -- Friends like these -- Risk management -- Catastrophic success -- Losing the peace, 2002-2006. Small change -- Taliban for Karzai -- The enigma -- "His rules were different than our rules" -- Mr. Big -- Ambassador vs. ambassador -- Digging a hole in the ocean -- Radicals -- The best intentions, 2006-2009. Suicide detectives -- Plan Afghanistan -- Murder and the deep state -- Hard data -- Tough love -- Terror and the deep state -- The new big dogs -- Losing Karzai -- A war to give people a chance -- The end of illusion, 2010-2014. The one-man C.I.A. -- The conflict resolution cell -- Kayani 2.0 -- Lives and limbs -- Kayani 3.0 -- Hostages -- Dragon's breath -- Martyrs day -- Fight and talk -- The Afghan hand -- Homicide division -- Self-inflicted wounds -- Coups d'<U+00d4>etat -- Epilogue: victim impact statements
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 757 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780525557302
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
D1838C4A-E2EB-4ECB-8A13-BB0671965422
System control number
  • on1022267438
  • (OCoLC)1022267438

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