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Yaniv Barzilai Book Event: 102 Days of War: How Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda & the Taliban Survived 2001

April 09, 2014 06:30 pm


George Washington University: Funger Hall
2201A H St NW Room 107
20052 Washington, DC
United States

Please ignore the notation below that the event is full and please send RSVP to: deeksha.sharma@ypfp.org

Please join YPFP as Mr. Barzilai discusses his new book “How Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda & and the Taliban Survived 2001”.

Almost ten years before Osama bin Laden was killed, the United States had the opportunity of a decade to decapitate and decimate the organization that so ruthlessly enacted the deadliest foreign attack on American soil in the nation’s history. During the battles that raged across Afghanistan in the 102 days after 9/11, CIA officers and special operations forces allied with local Afghan resistance forces to topple the Taliban and go after al Qaeda. Yet bin Laden escaped while al Qaeda and the Taliban endured the initial onslaught.

In 102 Days of War, Yaniv Barzilai takes the reader from meetings in the White House to the most sensitive operations in Afghanistan to explain how America’s enemies survived 2001. Using a broad array of sources, including interviews with U.S. officials at every level of the war, Barzilai concludes that the failure to destroy al Qaeda and kill bin Laden when he was cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora in Eastern Afghanistan was not only the result of a failure in tactics but, more importantly, the product of failures in policy and leadership.


Barzilai also explores critical moments in the U.S.-Pakistani relationship as Pakistan pivoted toward the United States but hedged its bets. As Operation Enduring Freedom draws to an inconclusive end, 102 Days of War provides a new level of understanding about the successes and failures at the start of America’s longest war.


Barziliai conducted interviews with the following:

  • Richard Armitage – Deputy Secretary of State
  • Gary Berntsen – Top CIA officer in Afghanistan
  • Steve Coll – Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars
  • Ambassador James Dobbins – Special Envoy to the Afghan Opposition
  • Douglas Feith – Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
  • Dexter Filkins – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Dalton Fury – Leader of the Army Special Operations team at Tora Bora
  • Stephen Hadley – Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad – National Security Council Director for Southwest Asia
  • General James Mattis – Commander of Task Force 58
  • John McLaughlin – Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Lt. Gen. John Mulholland – Commander of the 5th Special Forces Group
  • Gen. Richard Myers – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Condoleezza Rice — National Security Advisor
  • Michael Scheuer — Chief of the CIA’s bin Laden Unit (1996-1999)

Books will be available for sale.

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