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Review: The Long War. The Inside Story of America and Afghanistan since 9/11, by David Loyn

Weeda Mehran

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US Department of State

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This book is a narrative of how the military intervention of 2001–2021 in Afghanistan went wrong. Much has been written on the topic, but few books have managed to bring together all the complex elements contributing to the failed mission of state-building and fighting terrorism in one comprehensive volume. In this book, David Loyn, former BBC correspondent in Afghanistan, illustrates how the challenges facing the military leaders and the political leadership in Kabul and Washington were (mis)handled, leading to an extremely fragile state that crumbled and ultimately fell as soon as the last American soldiers left the country.

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  • Weeda Mehran

    Weeda Mehran

    Dr Weeda Mehran is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Politics and the Director of MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the University of Exeter.

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