Eight years ago we chased the Taliban from Kabul and forced al-Qaeda to find a new home. One by one the militants crossed the border into Pakistan and settled in its tribal areas, building alliances with locals and terrorizing or bribing their way to power. This place-Pakistan's lawless frontier-is now the epicenter of global terrorism. It is where young American and British jihadists go to be trained, where the kidnapped are stowed away, and where plots are hatched for deadly attacks all over the world. It has become, in President Obama's words, "the most dangerous place"-a hornet's nest of violent extremists, many of whom now target their own state in vicious suicide-bombing campaigns.
Imtiaz Gul, who knows the ins and outs of these groups and their leaders, tackles the toughest questions about the current situation: What can be done to bring the Pakistani Taliban under control? Who funds these militants and what are their links to al-Qaeda? Are they still supported by the ISI, Pakistan's all-powerful intelligence agency?
Based on dozens of exclusive interviews with high-ranking Pakistani intelligence and government and military officers, as well as extensive first-hand reporting, The Most Dangerous Place is a gripping and definitive expose of a region that Americans urgently need to understand.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Library - Unabridged CD|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over one hundred and fifty audiobooks.
What People are Saying About This
"Gul offers an unparalleled inside view of the region where Al Qaeda lives and still thrives." -Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A good read, well written. It comes from a Pakistani author, and therefore his sensibilities are not my western sensibilities, nor do we share points of common reference. This is worth keeping in mind. He gives a vivid and frightening sense of the terrible human cost of the islamist drive backwards to the dark ages. The Army operations, the casual violence and kidnappings, the use of terror and some kind of death-based "sharia" law by the islamists, all make life in the FATA terrible to behold. He makes a convincing case for the complete withdrawal of support by the Pakistani state agencies, ISI above all, for the islamists. But he leaves open the question of the impact of islamists inside the state agencies. There is no rosy picture here, and no solutions. Further, the book ended on a guardedly optimistic note about Pakistani-western relations which within weeks of going to press was made redundant by the American killing bin Laden and the visceral and negative Pakistani reaction. I guess we will be hearing about the north-west frontier for a long time to come, from Mr. Gul and from others.