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The explosive first-hand account of America's mystery heritage in Afghanistan
With the book of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll turned not just a Pulitzer Prize winner, but in addition the professional at the upward thrust of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin encumbered, and the key efforts by way of CIA officials and their brokers to trap or kill Bin encumbered in Afghanistan after 1998.
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