Monday, March 12, 2018


"'Directorate S' traces Pakistan's role at the heart of the Afghanistan war" PBS NewsHour 3/8/2018

U.S. longest war.


SUMMARY:  The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for more than 16 years, and mostly against the Taliban, a group that exists in large part due to the intelligence services of Afghan neighbor Pakistan.  Steve Coll's new book "Directorate S" is perhaps the definitive story of the war's aftermath and tense U.S. relations with Pakistan.  Coll joins Nick Schifrin for a conversation.

"The inside story of America's longest war" PBS NewsHour 3/8/2018 (full interview)


SUMMARY:  Many books have covered the war in South Asia, but Steve Coll's “Directorate S: The CIA and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016” reveals new information about military mistakes, missed diplomatic opportunities, failed negotiations with the Taliban and Pakistan's support for the Taliban.  Nick Schrifin talks to Steve Coll about his new book.

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