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An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict, by Mike Martin

By Mike Martin

An Intimate struggle tells the tale of the final thirty-four years of clash in Helmand Province, Afghani- stan as noticeable during the eyes of the Helmandis. within the West, this era is frequently outlined via varied lenses - the Soviet intervention, the civil battle, the Taliban, and the post-2001 nation-building period. but, as skilled by means of neighborhood population, the Helmand clash is a perennial one, concerning a similar members, households and teams, and pushed through an analogous arguments over land, water and gear. This e-book - in keeping with either army and re- seek event in Helmand and one hundred fifty inter- perspectives in Pashto - bargains a really diverse view of Helmand from these within the media. It demonstrates how outsiders have mainly misunderstood the continued fight in Helmand and the way, in doing so, they've got exacerbated the clash, perpetuated it and made it extra violent - exactly the contrary of what used to be meant whilst their interventions have been introduced. Mike Martin's oral historical past of Helmand lower than- rankings absolutely the valuable of knowing the hugely neighborhood, own, and non-ideological nature of inner clash in a lot of the 'third' world.

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