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In 1980, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had taken over the leadership of the West and the Soviets had invaded Afghanistanthe most crucial battle of the Cold War was about to begin. In the high mountain passes of the north-west Frontier and the Hindu Kush, the CIA and MI6 saw an opportunity to bring the mighty Soviet army to its knees. Their weapon: the Islamic guerrillas of the Afghan Mujahideen. The first Western agent to link up with the Mujahideen was Tom Carew, a young ex-SAS soldier with a talent for "black bag" covert operations. In the course of an extraordinary year, Carew led a series of reconnaissance missions inside Afghanistan; he took part in an astonishing attempt to hijack a shipment of anti-aircraft missiles from Communist Bulgaria for use by the guerrillas; and he set up the first western-sponsored training camp for Mujahideen in Pakistan. In the course of these operations Carew was accepted and befriended by the fundamentalist Mujahideen, and became as close to them as any European individual could ever get.
The story of Tom Carew's year with the Mujahideen. As an ex-SAS soldier and veteran of the wars in Dhofar and Northern Ireland, Carew had a talent for "black bag" covert operations. This book sheds unprecedented light on the sharp edge of the Cold War and the conduct of special operations.
Paperback edition of the memoir of a young ex-SAS soldier who was the first Englishman to link up with the Afghani Mujahideen, which combines tales of combat, high adventure and espionage in a conflict rife with covert operations and political subterfuge.