What we won americas secret war in afghanistan 1979 89 bruce riedel on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in february 1989 the cias chief in islamabad famously cabled headquarters a simple message we won it was an understated coda to the most successful covert intelligence operation in american history in what we won i. Review a penetrating analysis of americas covert war in afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 and of the important lessons of that secret war in what we won bruce riedel shows once again that he ranks with the most authoritative voices on this episode providing a brilliant chronicle of the development of the afghan covert operation and offering an unblinking assessment of the consequences of . The war in afghanistan that took place between 1979 and 1989 was a pivotal event in modern history the defeat there of the soviet 40th red army proved to be the final battle of the cold war a struggle between the united states and its allies on one hand and russia and its allies on the other that lasted from 1945 to 1990. Embarrassingly my knowledge of our first war in afghanistan prior to reading what we won americas secret war in afghanistan 1979 1989 consisted of a simple awareness that we had been involved somehow in a conflict in the country sometime prior to the most recent war. Americas secret war in afghanistan 1979 89 american history in what we won cia and national security council veteran bruce riedel tells the story of americas secret war in afghanistan
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