My Life with the Taliban by Abdul Salam Zaeef

By Abdul Salam Zaeef

This is often the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a senior former member of the Taliban. His memoirs, translated from Pashto, are greater than only a own account of his amazing lifestyles. "My existence with the Taliban" deals a counter-narrative to the traditional bills of Afghanistan given that 1979. Zaeef describes growing to be up in rural poverty in Kandahar province. either one of his mom and dad died at an early age, and the Russian invasion of 1979 pressured him to escape to Pakistan. He begun battling the jihad in 1983, in which time he was once linked to many significant figures within the anti-Soviet resistance, together with the present Taliban head Mullah Mohammad Omar. After the conflict Zaeef back to a quiet lifestyles in a small village in Kandahar, yet chaos quickly beaten Afghanistan as factional scuffling with erupted after the Russians pulled out. Disgusted via the lawlessness that ensued, Zaeef used to be one amongst the previous mujahidin who have been heavily all in favour of the discussions that resulted in the emergence of the Taliban, in 1994. Zaeef then information his Taliban occupation as civil servant and minister minister who negotiated with international oil businesses in addition to with Afghanistan's personal resistance chief, Ahmed Shah Massoud. Zaeef was once ambassador to Pakistan on the time of the Sept. 11 assaults, and his account discusses the unusual 'phoney battle' interval sooner than the US-led intervention toppled the Taliban. In early 2002 Zaeef was once passed over to American forces in Pakistan, although his diplomatic prestige, and spent 4 and a part years in criminal (including numerous years in Guantanamo) sooner than being published with no need been attempted or charged with any offence. "My lifestyles with the Taliban" bargains a private and privileged perception into the agricultural Pashtun village groups which are the Taliban's bedrock. It is helping to provide an explanation for what drives males like Zaeef to absorb fingers opposed to the foreigners who're silly adequate to invade his place of origin.

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For Mullah Nezam, the events in Jaldak proved to be fatal when government forces caught up with him in 1962. He was hiding out in a small village in the Zheray desert together with others involved in the clashes. Government forces moved in on them during the night. Some escaped, but Mullah Nezam died along with three or four others in the ensuing fire-fight. Tribal clashes and feuds, large or small, have cost many Afghan lives. 7 As an Afghan you are always more than one thing: your kin, your tribe, your ethnicity and the place you were born; all are part of you.

Shah Baran—mujahed who switched to the government side with Esmat Muslim in the 1980s; in the early 1990s he ran a checkpoint in Kandahar manned by thieves and feared by many. Ustaz Abdul Haleem—one of the prominent mujahedeen commanders of the 1980s in southern Afghanistan; he continues to play a role in local politics and is one of the last of his kind still alive. Northern Afghanistan Abdul Basir Salangi—Tajik military strongman in northern Afghanistan who was involved in 1998 when the Taliban were surrounded in Salang; he was fired as Kabul police chief in 2003 after an illegal land-grab scandal erupted in parliament.

But apart from the paved road we were driving on, everything seemed the same. In Kandahar, a few new buildings had sprung up and there were signs of private investment. The city itself had grown but there was little evidence that either government projects or foreign aid had had an impact. Paved roads now led to the districts—Spin Boldak, Arghan­ dab, Dand, and Panjwayi—that I visited from Kandahar, but apart from that not much else had changed. Many people thought that the Americans were only paving the roads for their own security, to reach the front lines as quickly as possible and to avoid roadside bombs.

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