The Afghanistan File The Afghanistan File, created by the previous director of Saudi Arabian Intelligence The file tells the history of the involvement of his department in Afghanistan beginning with the Soviet invasion in 1979 until 9/11/2001.
The story begins with the support provided by Saudi Arabia to the Mujahideen fighting to resist the Soviet occupation. It then continues with the ineffective efforts to facilitate peace between the Mujahideen factions following the Soviet withdrawal as well as the rise of the Taleban Taleban and the protection the Taleban offered to Osama Bin Osama bin Laden.
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A common theme through the novel is the incredible challenges Saudi Arabia and its allies faced in dealing with Mujahideen. Prince Turki found them to be incredibly courageous, however, they were also extremely frustrating. One time, in an effort to bring peace between the leaders, he received permission from the King to enter Mecca’s Kaaba in Mecca and made the heads of the group go inside and be overwhelmed with emotion and vow not to engage in a fight ever again. In the next few hours, when they were on their way to Medina they were close to striking punches in the middle of their journey.
Turki’s account reveals details of the Saudi efforts in the 1990s, to bring its troops out of Afghanistan which had mixed results as well as his discussions with the Taleban to surrender Osama Bin Osama bin Laden. The book also contains a range of classified Intelligence Department documents.
Prince Turki states that the deplorable, seemingly useless terrorism observed throughout the Middle East in the last twenty years has its roots in Afghanistan and Osama’s false belief that he was helping beat the Russians. It is not clear to show that Osama ever faced them in any way.
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Shortly after 9/11 Saudi Arabia discovered that it had a domestic terrorist issue that involved those who had returned from Afghanistan. A large portion of the massive changes that have taken place in the Kingdom since then has come from the effort to combat this.
- Publisher : Arabian Publishing Ltd. (September 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0992980887
- ISBN-13 : 978-0992980887
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.41 x 0.86 x 9.38 inches