• Title: Afganistan, The Bear Trap: The Defeat Of A Superpower
  • Author: Mohammad Yousaf Mark Adkin
  • ISBN: 9780850528602
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
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    Afganistan The Bear Trap The Defeat Of A Superpower How did the horrendous situation in Afghanistan with all its implications for recent events and the present time come to pass What was the role of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence in the creation
    How did the horrendous situation in Afghanistan, with all its implications for recent events and the present time, come to pass What was the role of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence in the creation of what became the Taliban What are the implications for the future and lessons from the past for American forces today This highly controversial book reveals one of the greHow did the horrendous situation in Afghanistan, with all its implications for recent events and the present time, come to pass What was the role of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence in the creation of what became the Taliban What are the implications for the future and lessons from the past for American forces today This highly controversial book reveals one of the greatest military, political and financial secrets of recent times It is nothing less than the true, if fantastic, account of how Pakistan and the USA covertly controlled the largest guerrilla war of the 20th Century, dealing to the Soviet Russian presence in Afghanistan a military defeat that has come to be called Russia s Vietnam.This compelling book, put together with great skill by the military author, Mark Adkin, is essential reading for anyone interested in the truth behind the Soviets Vietnam, and the reasons why, to this day, the war in Afghanistan still drags on despite the victory that the Mujahideen were denied when the Soviets withdrew.

    One Reply to “Afganistan, The Bear Trap: The Defeat Of A Superpower”

    1. I read this some years ago, so my review will be a bit impressionistic. The author is very high up in the Pakistani intelligence (ISI) and was in charge of executing the Pakistani logistics in the campaign against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. There is a bit too much about military strategy and tactical maneuvers here. But there is also plenty about the finances, the transportation of the nuts, bolts, and guns, the relationship between the CIA, ISI, the Mujhideen, and the Saudis, and the [...]

    2. The author himself sums up the war( Russia's Vietnam) against the Russians in Afghanistan quite succulently at the end of chapter 5. 'The balance of CIA's contributions have played a vital role in the conduct of the Afghan Jehad. Without the backing of the US and Saudi Arabia the Soviets would still be entrenched in that country. Without the intelligence provided by the CIA many battles would have been lost, and without the CIA's training of our Pakistani instructors the Mujahideen would have be [...]

    3. Story of the soviet defeat at the hands of the mujahadin, ISI,with backing from CIA, from the man who coordinated the efforts. Great insight into the historical dynamic between the mujahadin and the PAK ISI. Useful for understanding the mentality of the Afghan warlord and how difficult it is to organize and hold together such a group.

    4. What better book can be than this to know about Soviet-Afghan War, straight from the horse's mouth. Author Brigadier Mohammad Yousaf aptly describes this war as Russia's Vietnam, though the casualities suffered by Russians was far less. The author sheds light on the role of ISI and the Pakistani government under President Zia Ul Haq in this war and the support they received from United States and Saudi Arabia and the relationships they shared. More than just fighting on ground the war also invol [...]

    5. The author, then a Brigadier of the Pakistan Army, handled the Afghan bureau of Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI, during the Soviet presence in Afghanistan. Coming from an ex-spy who worked with an organisation known for secrecy, his account is surprisingly detailed. Does it also tell us how the ISI might have attempted to handle its incursions into Kashmir? The account is straightforward, a planner-trainer-soldier's version of a momentous effort lasting a decade. But one does detect attempts to g [...]

    6. As evident from title , if you agree with "defeat of a superpower by mujahideen" then this is certainly the book you are looking for even if you don't agree with this , like me ,there is still too much to gain this is the First hand experience of a soldier (brig M, yousaf )from the war front ,commanding afghan bureau of ISI. He wrote up the very details of different operations with maps and other strategic information .Entrance of soviet forces to Afghanistan opened doors of opportunities to man [...]

    7. Speaking of the bear trap. I am on page 67 or so. Just finished achapter called "The Infidels". Naturally, it describes the Sovietstrategy, troop location and supply lines. Yousaf goes by a standardmilitary playbook: his troops strengths and weaknesses, enemy'sstrengths and weaknesses (supply lines), and then the plan ofbattle. Everything is assessed from the military standpoint, no shadesof gray or compunctions: a village is a source of recruits and food, acity is a target communists are the en [...]

    8. This book provides a reliable insider account of the war that bled USSR, but as far as structure of the book and manner of narration go I find it lacking. Unlike good military histories, it is highly repetitive and the author fails to provide a structured account of the progress of the war. The author's biases are often visible, which is normal with a personal account.Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding Afghan history and the present imbroglio.

    9. Excellent book from someone who saw it all first hand. Its amazing how all the arguments in Pakistan being made today are exactly the same (against the refugees) that were planted by the KGB and KHAAD. A must read to understand why that Soviet evil had to be rooted out. Its the only book for understanding that since there are only small spinets about what the Soviets did there. This book is mainly about how the guerilla war was conducted both tactically and strategically.

    10. The book from no less than a brigadier of Pakistan Army who served in ISI during Afghan-Soviet war. Primarily it is a first hand account of Pakistan Army's and CIA's involvement in the war. It is also a testament that CIA and ISI help build the Jihadist in the region for their ends. CIA brings all the resources (human and material) and ISI executes impeccably. The writer divulges operational details in a subtle manner.

    11. Not a book that I would normally pick, but it was loaned to me by my former boss, so I figured it had to be useful reading. A lil technical (in the military sense) for me, but very illuminating about the evolution of the (political) situation in Afghanistan which started the long tail that we are still seeing.

    12. was astonished to read that how much money and effort US put into afghan war, i have true sympathy for the russians who inspite of being the overlords in afghanistan provided gas and electricity to villages.

    13. My random trips to the book store scored me this one. Usually I'll check the bargin section at the Barnes & Noble to see what history books they in Hardback. Afghanistan the Bear Trap covers the involvemnet of the Pakistani and American intelligence agencies involvemnet with the Mujahideen.

    14. Afghan warlords are introduced the way they really were/are respectively. How they were created and then played against one another.

    15. The story in our backyard you always wanted to know, I liked this book because of the influence of the events that are mentioned in the book have had on Southeast Asian countries.

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