By Theo Farrell
British and US forces can have effectively withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2002, having performed the task they got down to do: to defeat al-Qaeda and prevent it from launching extra terrorist assaults opposed to the West. as an alternative, British troops turned a part of a bigger overseas attempt to stabilise the rustic. but over the subsequent 13 years the British army paid a heavy fee for his or her presence in Helmand province; and while Western troops departed from Afghanistan in 2014, they'd didn't cease a Taliban resurgence.
In this magisterial examine, Theo Farrell explains the origins and factors of the struggle, offering attention-grabbing perception into the British government’s response to September 11 and the stairs that led the British military to Helmand. He info the categorical campaigns and missions over the next years, revealing how the military’s efforts to create a method for fulfillment have been regularly undermined by way of political realities in Kabul and again domestic. And he demonstrates conclusively that the West's failure to appreciate the dynamics of neighborhood clash within the state, and to take on Afghan executive corruption, intended that the warfare was once unwinnable.
Drawing on remarkable entry to army reviews and govt files, in addition to hundreds of thousands of interviews with Western commanders, senior figures within the Taliban, Afghan civilians and British politicians, Unwinnable is a rare paintings of scholarship. Its intensity of research, scope and authority make it the definitive background of Britain’s struggle in Afghanistan.
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Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001–2014 by Theo Farrell