REUTERS/Caren Firouz - A crowd welcomes Afghan General Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile in Turkey during a ceremony in Shibergan in northern Afghanistan August 17, 2009.

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s 'What We Won'

July 27, 2014, Bruce Riedel

In an excerpt from his new book “What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89,” Bruce Riedel examines the Uzbek Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, one of the few prominent communists from the 1980s to still play a role in Afghan politics. Riedel argues that Dostum is a useful subject to study for those seeking to understand the violent politics of Afghanistan over the last half-century.

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