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The Resource My life with the Taliban, Abdul Salam Zaeef ; edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn

My life with the Taliban, Abdul Salam Zaeef ; edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn

Label
My life with the Taliban
Title
My life with the Taliban
Statement of responsibility
Abdul Salam Zaeef ; edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"My Life with the Taliban is the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former senior member of Afghanistan's Taliban and a principal actor in its domestic and foreign affairs. Translated for the first time from the Pashto, Zaeef's words share more than a personal history of an unusual life. They supply a counternarrative to standard accounts of Afghanistan since 1979. Zaeef shares his experiences as a poor youth in rural Kandahar. Both his parents died when he was young, and Russia's invasion in 1979 forced Zaeef to flee to Pakistan. In 1983, Zaeef joined the jihad against the Soviets, fighting alongside several major figures of the anti-Soviet resistance, including current Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. After the war, he returned to his quiet life in Helmand, but factional conflicts soon broke out, and Zaeef, disgusted by the ensuing lawlessness, joined with other former mujahidin to form the Taliban, which assumed power in 1994. Zaeef recounts his time with the organization, first as a civil servant and then as a minister who negotiated with foreign oil companies and Ahmed Shah Massoud, the leader of the Afghani resistance. Zaeef served as ambassador to Pakistan at the time of 9/11, and his testimony sheds light on the "phoney war" that preceeded the U.S.-led intervention. In 2002, Zaeef was delivered to the American forces operating in Pakistan and spent four and a half years in prison, including several years in Guantanamo, before being released without trial or charge. His reflections offer a privileged look at the communities that form the bedrock of the Taliban and the forces that motivate men like Zaeef to fight. They also provide an illuminating perspective on life in Guantanamo" -- from book jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967 or 8-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Z̤aʻīf, ʻAbd al-Salām
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1979-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Strick van Linschoten, Alex
  • Kuehn, Felix
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Z̤aʻīf, ʻAbd al-Salām
  • Taliban
  • Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
Label
My life with the Taliban, Abdul Salam Zaeef ; edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-312) and index
Contents
Death at Home -- The Camps-- The Jihad -- Lessons from the ISI -- Bitter Pictures -- Withdrawal -- Taking Action -- The Beginning -- Administrative Rule -- Mines and Industries -- A Monumental Task -- Diplomatic Principles -- Growing Tensions -- The Osama Issue -- 9/11 and its Aftermath -- A Hard Realisation -- Prisoner 306 -- Guantanamo of the Living -- Getting Out -- No War to Win --- Epilogue
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xlvii, 331 p.
Isbn
9780231701488
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009040865
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn454376657
  • (OCoLC)454376657
Label
My life with the Taliban, Abdul Salam Zaeef ; edited by Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-312) and index
Contents
Death at Home -- The Camps-- The Jihad -- Lessons from the ISI -- Bitter Pictures -- Withdrawal -- Taking Action -- The Beginning -- Administrative Rule -- Mines and Industries -- A Monumental Task -- Diplomatic Principles -- Growing Tensions -- The Osama Issue -- 9/11 and its Aftermath -- A Hard Realisation -- Prisoner 306 -- Guantanamo of the Living -- Getting Out -- No War to Win --- Epilogue
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xlvii, 331 p.
Isbn
9780231701488
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009040865
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn454376657
  • (OCoLC)454376657

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