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Seeds of terror [electronic resource] : how heroin is bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda / Gretchen Peters.

Peters, Gretchen. (Author). Merlington, Laural. (Added Author). hoopla digital. (Added Author).

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Summary, etc.: Most Americans think of the Taliban and al-Qaeda as a bunch of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves in Afghanistan. But that doesn't explain their astonishing comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Why is it that eight years after we invaded Afghanistan, the CIA says that these groups are better armed and better funded than ever?Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about America's enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals who earn half a billion dollars every year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a thriller, author Gretchen Peters traces their illicit activities from vast poppy fields in southern Afghanistan to heroin labs run by Taliban commanders, from drug convoys armed with Stinger missiles to the money launderers of Karachi and Dubai.This isn't a fanciful conspiracy theory. Seeds of Terror is based on hundreds of interviews with Taliban fighters, smugglers, and law enforcement and intelligence agents. Their information is matched by intelligence reports shown to the author by frustrated U.S. officials who fear the next 9/11 will be far deadlier than the first-and paid for with drug profits.Seeds of Terror makes the case that we must cut terrorists off from their drug earnings if we ever hope to beat them. This war isn't about ideology or religion. It's about creating a new economy for Afghanistan-and breaking the cycle of violence and extremism that has gripped the region for decades.
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Subject: Drug traffic Afghanistan
Heroin industry Afghanistan
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Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781400192939
Seeds of Terror : How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda
Seeds of Terror : How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda
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Peters, a former AP and ABC News journalist, presents a meticulous firsthand account of her experiences investigating the role of heroin production and distribution in Afghanistan and the surrounding countries and the reluctance of the U.S. government to address the issue. Covering key players, such as Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and Benazir Bhutto, Peters highlights this lesser-known Afghani product of war and government instability, one that is hard to track and harder to stop. Hers is a tale of how money from opium brought the Taliban back from the brink of extinction and how their joining with al Qaeda has turned Afghanistan into "the world's first fully fledged narco-terror state." Her detailed notes and bibliography assist in referencing information; however, general readers would have been better served by the inclusion of maps and a glossary of names/places/acronyms. Recommended for informed audiences. (Photographs not seen.)-Jenny Seftas, Southwest Florida Coll., Fort Myers, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9781400192939
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Peters, a journalist who has covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than 10 years, reveals that the Taliban raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually-and finance terrorist cells-by cultivating and exporting poppy to make narcotics. It's an important work of investigative journalism, but the book occasionally gets bogged down in details. Laural Merlington's monotonous narration only enhances the dryness: while the book certainly deserves a certain gravity of voice, Merlington's approach is so somber as to be tedious. Moreover, such a fact-heavy book does not lend itself well to the audio format; listeners can't easily digest the complexities nor can they quickly return to retrieve key information later. In this instance, the book's print version is preferable for marking significant details and also skimming the less compelling parts. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 16). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Seeds of Terror : How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al Qaeda
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Sure to be hotly discussed, this new book explores the often labyrinthine connections between terrorism, the American government, and the heroin trade. Based on the author's years-long investigation, the book shows that the events of September 11, 2001, should not have come as a surprise to the U.S. government. As long as ago as 1988, she writes, when Mikhail Gorbachev announced that Soviet troops would withdraw from Afghanistan, observers wondered whether a deadly mix of heroin smugglers and Islamic extremists would emerge out of the turmoil. In 1992, when the United States withdrew its support for Afghan rebels, the mujahideen, it was virtually inevitable that many of those resistance fighters would turn to the drug trade to support their families (around the same time, a small group of Muslims called the Taliban began using drug profits to set their war plans in motion). Providing valuable historical context for the war on terrorism, Peters shows, clearly and persuasively, how events that are happening today were set in motion by what took place in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s.--Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist

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