Doomed in Afghanistan: A UN Officer’s Memoir of the Fall of Kabul and Najibullah’s Failed Escape, 1992

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To understand more deeply the tragic events of September 11, 2001, it is critical to know Afghanistan’s recent and turbulent past. Doomed in Afghanistan provides a first-hand account of how failed diplomacy led to an Islamic fundamentalist victory in a war-torn country, and subsequently, to a Taliban takeover and a home for Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network.

Author: Phillip Corwin
ISBN: 9780813531717
Binding
: Hardback, 264 Pages
Published Year: 2003
Language: English

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In April of 1992, Phillip Corwin was part of a United Nations team in Afghanistan whose mission was to help ensure the transfer of power from the Soviet-installed communist regime of President Najibullah to an interim government (that would prepare for elections). Without the support of the Soviet Union, Najibullah’s regime crumbled, and he was convinced to resign in favor of a national unity government, with the understanding that he would be evacuated to a neutral country (India). Due to a series of miscalculations and machinations, the U.N.’s diplomatic mission failed. Kabul fell to groups of mujahiddin before Najibullah could be evacuated. The inability of the various mujahiddin factions to unite led to their eventual defeat by the Taliban, who four years later routed Najibullah from his safe haven at the U.N. compound, and executed him.

Corwin gives a vivid account of the seminal event of Najibullah’s failed evacuation and the frenzied negotiations that were unable to forestall the anarchy and chaos that followed

Additional information

Weight 0.59 kg
Dimensions 22.3 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
Author

Panagiotis Dimitrakis

Publisher

I.B.Tauris, 2013

ISBN

9781780764191

Panagiotis Dimitrakis is an historian based in Athens, Greece. He holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London, UK and is the author of Greece and the English: British Diplomacy and the Kings of Greece (I.B.Tauris, 2009); Military Intelligence in Cyprus: From the Great War to Middle East Crises (I.B.Tauris, 2010) and Greek Military Intelligence and the Crescent: Estimating the Turkish Threat - Crises, Leadership and Strategic Analyses, 1974-1996 (2010).