The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and the subsequent war with the indigenous Afghan Mujahedeen, was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Cold War. Key details of the circumstances surrounding the invasion and its ultimate conclusion only months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 have long remained unclear; the entire episode is a shadowy narrative of clandestine correspondence, covert operations and failed intelligence. Making use of recently declassified archives, The Secret War in Afghanistan brings to light the full role of the CIA in arming and training the Afghan fighters. Here, Panagiotis Dimitrakis analyses every aspect of this vital turning point in Cold War history; from President Jimmy Carter's 'Afghan Trap' to Margaret Thatcher's role in the crisis. Dimitrakis also outlines the full extent of China's involvement in arming the Mujahedeen, effectively fighting Brezhnev's Soviet Union by proxy. This will be essential reading for scholars and students of the Cold War, American History and the Modern Middle East.
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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).Review:
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