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In Afghanistan, 'Games Without Rules'


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Two Afghan National Police keep watch atop the remains of a Soviet-era armored personnel carrier on the outskirts of Herat near the border with Iran on December 13, 2012.
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Two Afghan National Police keep watch atop the remains of a Soviet-era armored personnel carrier on the outskirts of Herat near the border with Iran on December 13, 2012.

The history of Afghanistan is often understood in terms of invasions. The area has been occupied by the likes of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, and, more recently, the Soviet Union and the U.S.-led NATO coalition. But the country has its own compelling story independent of the interventions, writes San Francisco-based author Tamim Ansary. The Kabul native joins us to discuss his new book, "Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan."

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Mir Tamim Ansary, lecturer and author of books including "Games Without Rules," "Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes" and "West of Kabul, East of New York"

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