By Christina Lamb
From the award-winning co-author of ‘I Am Malala’, this booklet asks simply how the may perhaps of NATO, with forty eight international locations and 140,000 troops at the flooring, did not defeat a gaggle of non secular scholars and farmers? How did it pass so wrong?
Twenty-seven years in the past, Christina Lamb left Britain to develop into a journalist in Pakistan. She crossed the Hindu Kush into Afghanistan with mujaheddin scuffling with the Russians and fell unequivocally in love with this fierce kingdom of pomegranates and conflict, a courting which has ruled her grownup life.
Since 2001, Lamb has watched with incredulity because the West fought a conflict with its fingers tied, dedicated too little too overdue, did not comprehend neighborhood dynamics and grew to become a blind eye as their Taliban enemy used to be helped by way of their best friend Pakistan.
Farewell Kabul tells how luck used to be changed into defeat within the longest conflict fought through the us in its background and by means of Britain because the Hundred Years struggle. it's been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan nonetheless one of many poorest international locations in the world, the Taliban undefeated, and nuclear armed Pakistan probably the main risky position on earth.
With unheard of entry to all key decision-makers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, London and Washington, from heads of kingdom and generals in addition to infantrymen at the floor, Farewell Kabul tells how this happened.
In Afghanistan, Lamb has travelled some distance past Helmand – from the caves of Tora Bora within the south to the mountainous undesirable lands of Kunar within the east; from Herat, urban of poets and minarets within the west, to the very poorest province of Samangan within the north. She went to Guantánamo, met Taliban in Quetta, visited jihadi camps in Pakistan and observed bin Laden’s condominium simply after he used to be killed. Saddest of all, she met ladies who have been made position versions through the West and had then been shot, raped or compelled to escape the country.
This deeply own ebook not just exhibits the human price of political failure yet explains how short-sighted encouragement of jihadis to struggle the Russians, through prosecution of ill-thoughtout wars, has ended in the unfold of terrorism during the Islamic world.