The Taliban at War: 2001 - 2018

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Oxford University Press, Sep 1, 2019 - Political Science - 380 pages
How does the Taliban wage war? How has its war changed over time? Firstly, the movement's extraordinary military operation relies on financial backing. This volume analyses such funding. The Taliban's external sources of support include foreign governments and non-state groups, both of which have affected the Taliban's military campaigns and internal politics. Secondly, this is the first full-length study of the Taliban to acknowledge and discuss in detail the movement's polycentric character. Here not only the Quetta Shura, but also the Haqqani Network and the Taliban's other centers of power, are afforded the attention they deserve. The Taliban at War is based on extensive field research, including hundreds of interviews with Taliban members at all levels of the organization, community elders in Taliban-controlled areas, and other sources. It covers the Taliban insurgency from its first manifestations in 2002 up to the end of 2015. The five-month Battle of Kunduz epitomized the ongoing transition of the Taliban from an insurgent group to a more conventional military force, intent on fighting a protracted civil war. In this latest book, renowned Afghanistan expert Antonio Giustozzi rounds off his twenty years of studying the Taliban with an authoritative study detailing the evolution of its formidable military machine.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Collapse of the Emirate and the Early Regrouping 20024
17
2 The Apogeum of the Quetta Shura 20059
43
3 The Emergence of Alternative Centres of Power to Quetta
77
4 The Crisis of the Quetta Shura 200913
109
5 The Talibans Tactical Adaptation
133
6 Organisational Adaptation
159
7 The Troubled Comeback of the Quetta Shura 2014
197
The Impossible Centralisation of an AntiCentralist Movement
237
Epilogue
251
Figures
259
Maps
271
Tables
275
Notes
279
Index
355
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Antonio Giustozzi is Visiting Professor at King's College London and Fellow at RUSI, and has a PhD from the London School of Economics. He has written or edited eleven books, all published by Hurst, the most recent being The Islamic State in Khorasan: Afghanistan, Pakistan and the New Central Asian Jihad (2018).

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