By Christina Lamb
From the award-winning co-author of ‘I Am Malala’, this publication asks simply how the may possibly of NATO, with forty eight international locations and 140,000 troops at the floor, did not defeat a gaggle of spiritual scholars and farmers? How did it move 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 battling the Russians and fell unequivocally in love with this fierce nation of pomegranates and battle, a courting which has ruled her grownup life.
Since 2001, Lamb has watched with incredulity because the West fought a warfare with its arms tied, dedicated too little too past due, didn't comprehend neighborhood dynamics and grew to become a blind eye as their Taliban enemy was once helped by way of their best friend Pakistan.
Farewell Kabul tells how luck was once changed into defeat within the longest conflict fought via the USA in its heritage and via Britain because the Hundred Years struggle. it's been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan nonetheless one of many poorest countries in the world, the Taliban undefeated, and nuclear armed Pakistan possibly the main harmful position on earth.
With exceptional entry to all key decision-makers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, London and Washington, from heads of nation and generals in addition to squaddies at the flooring, Farewell Kabul tells how this happened.
In Afghanistan, Lamb has travelled a ways 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 were made position versions via the West and had then been shot, raped or pressured to escape the country.
This deeply own booklet not just indicates the human rate of political failure yet explains how short-sighted encouragement of jihadis to struggle the Russians, by way of prosecution of ill-thoughtout wars, has ended in the unfold of terrorism in the course of the Islamic world.