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I'm coming in a bit late, catching up on this thread. Outstanding bibliography of Afghanistan's many wars with the West furnished by David Silbey [ED NOTE: The bibliography was submitted by Jim Dingeman], and all I have to add is a mournful comment about one of the best and (to my knowledge) hitherto untapped sources of information, the voluminous NSA SIGINT reporting on the Soviet War in Afghanistan during the 1980s. (I've mentioned this in blog comments here & there on the Internet, and may have mentioned it earlier on this list.) As an intelligence analyst in those days I utilized this splendid resource to write a number of classified studies for the US Army, and have had a mandatory declassification request in for one of these (on Soviet air operations) for a number of years now, but I am not hopeful that I will get anything anytime soon. I've read a number of books and articles about the war, drawn mainly from Mujaheddin testimony and former Soviet military open source materials, and find them often inconsistent with what I recall, most strikingly with regard to Soviet casualties and aircraft/helicopter losses but also with regard to the operational/strategic perspective as seen by the 40th Army, the General Staff Operations Group sitting on top of it in Kabul, the neighboring MD HQs, and the General Staff itself. This reporting also dropped down into the tactical weeds, which our Army customers found particularly useful. If there is any way to bring about a bulk declassification of this particular NSA SIGINT product, it would be a windfall for military researchers. Ralph Hitchens Poolesville, MD firstname.lastname@example.org ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----