History of War

AMERICA’S JIHADIS

“THE REST OF THE WORLD SOON PAID A PRICE FOR IGNORING AFGHANISTAN’S DESCENT INTO ISLAMISM”

Even before the shock of the Soviet invasion settled, a consensus view emerged in American policy circles, and later on with the press and politicians, that Afghanistan could serve as a springboard for impending Soviet plans to reach ‘warm water’. This imagined geopolitical risk was so pervasive that it galvanized steady support for the anti-Soviet mujahideen as well as a beleaguered Pakistan, whose ruling strongman General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq welcomed

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