By Peter Eichstaedt

What will occur while foreign forces eventually vacate Afghanistan? the reply to that question is unknown, but when there's any wish for Afghanistan, veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt asserts, it's with its people.

After spending 2004 in Afghanistan operating for the nonprofit Institute for battle and Peace Reporting and aiding construct Afghanistan's first self sustaining information company, Eichstaedt again to Kabul in 2010. As he labored with Afghan reporters to record their background and collective struggles, he discovered that even if Kabul itself seemed wiped clean up, with freshly paved roads, the optimism of the newly liberated capital had pale lower than the increase of the Taliban insurgency. Eichstaedt thus crisscrossed the rustic to interview an dazzling array of Afghans. In Above the Din of War, he stocks those conversations, together with emotional and demanding statement and critiques from a former warlord, a Taliban pass judgement on, sufferers of self-immolation, poppy...

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Eventually, Afghanistan’s electoral bodies threw out about 25 percent of the votes cast and disqualified more than twenty elected candidates for fraud—nearly 10 percent of the presumed winners. But the controversy didn’t end, as the disqualified candidates protested their elimination. Many of those who did not vote in the election due to the Taliban’s intimidation belonged to Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group, the Pashtuns. This allowed smaller ethnic groups such as the Hazara, who voted in substantial numbers, to capture an inordinate share of the seats in parliament.

People know who murdered him, then,” I said. ” Just two years earlier in 2008, there were only eight or ten Taliban members in the hills near his village, he said. Now there were about two hundred in his valley, and more were joining every day. “They are in the center of town,” he said, and were no longer hiding. As they had in the past, the Taliban avoided direct battles, preferring to wage their war from the shadows. The Taliban didn’t need to fight, Najeeb said, because they knew the US and international armies were leaving.

The pullout announcement had emboldened the Taliban and its allies, and Afghans were feeling the tide begin to change in late 2010 just as I arrived in the country. Afghans knew they would once again face choices most did not want to make: succumb to the Taliban or leave. What would happen when international forces finally vacated Afghanistan? The answer was unknown, but if there was any hope for Afghanistan, it lay with the Afghan people. And that is what this book is about. It’s about the people of Afghanistan and about how they have lived, and will continue to live, in a country that has been at war for as long as most people living there can remember.

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