Afghanistan War: A Documentary and Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Ryan Wadle
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  • ISBN-10: 1440857474
  • ISBN-13: 9781440857478
  • DDC: 958.104
  • 384 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This carefully curated primary source collection includes more than 80 documents from the national and international participants in nearly four decades of conflict that led to the Afghanistan War. Readers will gain an understanding of the macro and micro costs of the war on the participants and the political, social, economic, and military factors that have allowed the fighting to persist. Authored by a former member of the Afghanistan Study Team at the U.S. Army's Combat Studies Institute, readers will gain special insight into the military dynamics of the war in Afghanistan and how the war has changed those who have fought in it. The book is divided into four chapters that cover the primary phases of the war in Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and Civil War, 1979-2001; Operation Enduring Freedom and Reconstruction Begins, 2001-2003; The Taliban Return, 2003-2009; and The Surge, Drawdown, and an Uncertain Future, 2009-2017. This structure enables readers to clearly understand how the war evolved and the most significant developments that shaped each period.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Documentary and Reference Guides.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Reader’s Guide To Related Documents.
Documents From The Soviet Invasion and Civil War, 1979-2001.
1: President Jimmy Carter, Speech on Afghanistan.
2: Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence, Office of Political Analysis, “The Soviets and the Tribes of Southwest Asia”.
3: UN Resolution 35/37.
4: President Ronald Reagan, Remarks on Signing the Afghanistan Day Proclamation.
5: Defense Intelligence Agency, Directorate for Research, “The Economic Impact of Soviet Involvement in Afghanistan”.
6: Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence, “The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: Five Years After”.
7: Central Intelligence Agency, Special National Intelligence Estimate 11/37/88, “USSR: Withdrawal from Afghanistan”.
8: The Geneva Accords of 1988 (Afghanistan).
9: U.S. Army, “Lessons from the War in Afghanistan”.
10: Islamabad Accord.
11: U.S. Consulate (Peshawar), Cable, “New Fighting and New Forces in Kandahar”.
12: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “The Taliban—Who Knows What the Movement Means?”.
13: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “[Redacted] Believe Pakistan Is Backing Taliban”.
14: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “The Taliban: What We’ve Heard”.
15: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “Meeting with the Taliban in Kandahar: More Questions Than Answers”.
16: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “Finally, a Talkative Talib: Origins and Membership of the Religious Students’ Movement”.
17: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “A/S Raphel Discusses Afghanistan”.
18: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “Afghanistan: Jalaluddin Haqqani’s Emergence as a Key Taliban Commander”.
19: U.S. Consulate (Peshawar), Cable, “Afghanistan: Taliban Agree to Visits of Militant Training Camps, Admit Bin Ladin Is Their Guest”.
20: UN Secretary General, “The Situation in Afghanistan and Its Implications for International Peace and Security”.
21: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “Afghanistan: Taliban Decision-Making and Leadership Structure”.
22: Department of State (Washington), Cable, “Afghanistan: Taliban Convene Ulema, Iran and Bin Ladin on the Agenda”.
23: U.S. Consulate (Peshawar), Cable, “Afghanistan: Military Situation Reviewed”.
24: State Department Report, “U.S. Engagement with the Taliban on Usama Bin Laden”.
Documents From Operation Enduring Freedom and The Beginning of Reconstruction, 2001-2003.
25: George W. Bush, Statement by the President in His Address to the Nation.
26: U.S. Department of State, Cable, “Deputy Secretary Armitage’s Meeting with General Mahmud: Actions and Support Expected of Pakistan in Fight against Terrorism”.
27: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “Musharraf Accepts the Seven Points”.
28: Authorization for the Use of Military Force, PL 107-40.
29: President George W. Bush, Address to Congress.
30: Statement by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson.
31: President George W. Bush, Address to the Nation.
32: U.S. Department of State, Memorandum, From Secretary of State Colin Powell to U.S. President George W. Bush, “Your Meeting with Pakistani President Musharraf”.
33: UN Security Council Resolution 1378.
34: Defense Intelligence Agency, Cable, “IIR [Redacted]/The Assassination of Massoud Related to 11 September 2001 Attack”.
35: Agreement on Provisional Arrangements in Afghanistan Pending the Re-Establishment of Permanent Government Institutions.
36: UN Security Council Resolution 1383.
37: UN Security Council Resolution 1386.
38: Tora Bora Revisited: How We Failed to Get Bin Laden and Why It Matters Today.
39: Military Technical Agreement between the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Interim Administration of Afghanistan (“Interim Administration”).
40: President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address.
41: Remarks as Delivered by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C..
42: George W. Bush, The President’s News Conference with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan.
43: UN Security Council Resolution 1401.
44: Prague Summit Declaration.
45: Statement of General Tommy Franks before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
46: UN Security Council Resolution 1510.
Documents From The Return of The Taliban and Counterinsurgency, 2003-2009.
47: Lieutenant General David Barno Oral History.
48: The Constitution of Afghanistan.
49: Review of Matters Related to the Death of Corporal Patrick Tillman.
50: General Accountability Office Report “Afghanistan Reconstruction”.
51: George W. Bush, The President’s News Conference with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.
52: U.S. Embassy (Islamabad), Cable, “Impressions of Waziristan”.
53: NATO SACEUR OPLAN 10302 Revise-1.
54: U.S. Department of State, Issue Paper for Vice President of the United States (VPOTUS), “Counterterrorism Activities (Neo-Taliban)”.
55: Afghanistan Compact.
56: U.S. Embassy (Kabul), Cable, “Policy on Track, but Violence Will Rise”.
57: Statement of General John Abizaid before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
58: Declaration by North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
59: George W. Bush, The President’s News Conference with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.
60: Riga Summit Declaration.
61: Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency.
62: President Bush Discusses Progress in Afghanistan, Global War on Terror.
63: Statement of Admiral William J. Fallon before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
64: Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Remarks at Air University.
65: The Reinvestigation of Combat Action at Wanat Village.
Documents From The Surge, Withdrawal, and An Uncertain Future, 2009-2017.
66: General Stanley McChrystal Initial Assessment.
67: Barack Obama, Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on the Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
68: Remarks by President Obama and President Karzai of Afghanistan in Joint Press Availability.
69: General David Petraeus’s Letter to ISAF Troops.
70: Report of the Afghanistan Study Group.
71: Lisbon Summit Declaration.
72: Remarks by President Obama on Osama bin Laden.
73: UN Security Council Resolution 1988.
74: Conclusions of the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn.
75: Chicago Summit Declaration.
76: Joint Press Conference by President Obama and President Karzai.
77: Barack Obama, Statement by the President on Afghanistan.
78: Agreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the Status of NATO Forces and NATO Personnel Conducting Mutually Agreed NATO-Led Activities in Afghanistan.
79: Barack Obama, Statement by the President on the End of the Combat Mission in Afghanistan.
80: Remarks by President Obama and President Ghani of Afghanistan in Joint Press Conference.
81: Introduction of the Newly Appointed Leader of Islamic Emirate, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad.
82: Barack Obama, Statement by the President on Afghanistan.
83: Statement by the Leadership Council of Islamic Emirate Regarding the Martyrdom of Amir ul Mumineen Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour and the Election of the New Leader.
84: Barack Obama, Statement by the President on Afghanistan.
85: Open Letter of Islamic Emirate to the American President Donald Trump.
86: Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia.
About the Author.