Afghanistan: The Bear Trap: The Defeat of a Superpower by Mohammed Yousaf

By Mohammed Yousaf

How did the horrendous state of affairs in Afghanistan, with all its implications for fresh occasions and the current time, come to move? What used to be the function of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence within the production of what grew to become the Taliban? What are the consequences for the longer term and classes from the earlier for American forces today?

This hugely debatable booklet finds one of many maximum army, political and fiscal secrets and techniques of contemporary instances. it's not anything lower than the genuine, if exceptional, account of ways Pakistan and the us covertly managed the most important guerrilla warfare of the 20 th Century, dealing to the Soviet Russian presence in Afghanistan an army defeat that has turn out to be known as 'Russia's Vietnam'.

This compelling publication, prepare with nice ability by way of the army writer, Mark Adkin, is vital studying for a person attracted to the reality at the back of the Soviets' Vietnam, and the explanations why, to today, the battle in Afghanistan nonetheless drags on regardless of the victory that the Mujahideen have been denied whilst the Soviets withdrew. ?

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Under him was the 40th Army rear headquarters at Termez on the Afghanistan border. M. Mikhailov at Tapa-Tajbeg camp, Kabul. His command had the rather cumbersome and misleading title of Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces in Afghanistan (LCSFA). Working alongside him, but with no troops under command, was the senior Soviet military adviser to the Afghan regime, Lieutenant-General Alexander Mayorov. At the time I thought it a little strange that in terms of numbers the Soviet pressure had not increased much since 1979.

I was especially keen to understand what was happening in the air. Airpower was assuredly the enemy’s greatest asset. It bestowed not only unlimited firepower, but also mobility. Used correctly, these two could be combined on the battlefield to defeat the guerrillas tactically, if not strategically. The problem from the Mujahideen’s point of view was not so much that they had no airpower of their own, but that their means of striking back at enemy planes and helicopters was restricted to a few outdated SA-7, shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

My map also showed that the Afghan Army was deployed primarily in the east and north, mirroring the Soviets, with only a single division ‘out of area’ at Kandahar, and another at Herat in the far west. From the Soviet and Afghan dispositions I was able to deduce several tentative conclusions upon which to base my own strategic thinking for the prosecution of the war. First, the Soviets were by and large content to hold a series of major military bases or strategic towns, and the routes between them, which indicated a mainly static, defensive posture.

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