By Steve Coll & Malcolm Hillgartner
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer PrizeThe explosive first-hand account of America's mystery background in AfghanistanWith the ebook of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll turned not just a Pulitzer Prize winner, but in addition the professional at the upward push of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin weighted down, and the key efforts via CIA officials and their brokers to trap or kill Bin encumbered in Afghanistan after 1998.
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CIA officers might speak promisingly about a new clandestine relationship with Massoud focused on Stingers and terrorism, but where was the honey? AHMED SHAH MASSOUD suffered the most devastating defeat of his military career less than a week after Schroen’s departure. Taliban forces approached from Jalalabad, apparently rich with cash from bin Laden or elsewhere. On September 25 the key forward post of Sarobi fell to white-turbaned mascara-painted Taliban who sped and zigzagged in new fourwheel-drive pickup trucks equipped with machine guns and rockets.
Bill Clinton had just begun campaigning in earnest for reelection, coasting against the overmatched Republican nominee, Bob Dole. The Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 5,872, up nearly 80 percent in four years. Unemployment was falling. American and Soviet nuclear arsenals, which had once threatened the world with doomsday, were being steadily dismantled. The nation believed it was at peace. In Afghanistan and neighboring countries such as Pakistan, Davies’s words and similar remarks by other State Department officials that week were interpreted as an American endorsement of Taliban rule.
His bumpy four-hour journey took him along sections of the road that he had spent the CIA’s $500,000 in a futile effort to close. Massoud’s aides saw him off on his return Ariana Afghan flight, his small bag slung on his shoulder. They were glad he had come. Few Americans took the trouble to visit Kabul, and fewer still spoke the language or understood Afghanistan’s complexities as Schroen did, Massoud’s intelligence officers believed. Uncertain about where this CIA initiative had come from so suddenly, they speculated that Schroen had planned his own mission, perhaps in defiance of headquarters.