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By Rodric Braithwaite

In a well timed and eye-opening publication Rodric Braithwaite examines the Russian adventure in that the majority contemporary conflict in Afghanistan (after Alexander's conquests and the numerous British imperial wars and skirmishes). mostly basing his account on Russian resources and interviews he indicates the warfare throughout the eyes of the Russians themselves - politicians, officials, infantrymen, advisers, journalist, ladies. As former ambassador to Moscow, Rodric Braithwaite brings designated insights to the Soviet warfare in Afghanistan. the tale has been distorted not just through chilly battle propaganda but in addition by means of the myths of the 19th century nice online game. It strikes from the excessive politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in remoted mountain outposts. The parallels with Afghanistan at the present time converse for themselves. 'A impressive success of narrative heritage, delicate writing and intriguing clean research': so wrote Simon Sebag Montefiore approximately Rodric Braithwaite's bestseller Moscow 1941. yet these phrases, and so forth of compliment that got it, may perhaps both observe to his new booklet.

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At the apartment of a bureaucrat I had met, I had danced at a party where a well-known singer called Wajiha had strummed at her guitar in between puffs of her cigarette. ’ 32 But by then paradise was already doomed. Kabul was reduced to ruins by the civil war which broke out after the Russian departure and the old life was swept away by the arrival of the Taliban, which brought the civil war to an end. The palaces and the hotels were destroyed, the museum looted, music, dancing, and women’s education all brought to nothing.

Moscow did its best to get the Communists to support Daud, and warned Daud against pushing 32 AFGANTSY his repressions too far. Neither the Communists nor Daud took much notice. In the summer of 1975 Hekmatyar and other Afghan Muslim leaders, backed by the Pakistani prime minister, Zulfikar Bhutto, launched a series of risings, which were easily suppressed by the government. The leaders were executed, imprisoned, or fled to Pakistan, where they were taken under the wing of the Pakistani Intelligence Service.

Karmal studied law at Kabul University and was imprisoned for several years for his part in student politics. He later worked in the ministries of Education and Planning. He helped found the PDPA in 1965 and later became a member of parliament. The Russian military, who kept profiles of the Afghan leaders, said of Karmal that he was ‘emotional, inclined to abstraction to the detriment of concrete analysis. He has little knowledge of or interest in economic matters. ’ 5 Khalq drew its supporters from the countryside and the Pushtun tribes.

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