Anand Gopal

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Anand Gopal
Occupation Journalist
Known for Coverage of the war in Afghanistan

Anand Gopal is a journalist. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Asia Times.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Gopal's views on the Taliban have been quoted in several books.[9][10][11]

Gopal earned a bachelor's degree from New York University[12] and also completed graduate studies in physics and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 Gopal was named as one of the New America Foundation's ten Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows for 2013. While there he will work on a book on the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

In January 2010 Gopal published a story about secret prisons in Afghanistan, run by JSOC Joint Special Operations Command.[13]

Gopal was one of the experts on Afghanistan chosen to appear in the documentary Rethink Afghanistan.[14][15]

Gopal conducted a rare interview with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the reclusive leader of one of the Taliban's most important allies.[16][17]

Anand Gopal's book 'No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes' will be published on April 29, 2014[18]

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  1. ^ Anand Gopal (2010-01-30). "Terror Comes at Night in Afghanistan". Asia Times. Archived from the original on 2010-01-29. "One example, according to former detainees, is the detention facility at Rish Khor, an Afghan army base that sits atop a mountain overlooking the capital, Kabul." 
  2. ^ Mohammed A. Salih (2010-01-29). "Afghanistan: U.S. Night Raids and Secret Prisons Anger Civilians". Inter Press Service. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ Anand Gopal (2008-12-08). "Who Are the Taliban? The Afghan War Deciphered". Alternet. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. 
  4. ^ Anand Gopal (2008-12-24). "Afghan Voter Registration Marred". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  5. ^ Anand Gopal (2008-03-02). "Many in Afghanistan oppose Obama's troop buildup plans". Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. 
  6. ^ Anand Gopal (2008-03-10). "Danish cartoons: one Afghan's peaceful protest". Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. 
  7. ^ Anand Gopal (2010-06-29). "The Paradox of Boots on the Ground". The New Republic. Retrieved 2010-09-01. "On the other hand, in those areas where the insurgency’s growth roughly coincided with or followed the arrival of the foreign forces—in the provinces near Kabul, for example—the Taliban have been more sophisticated. They have had to compete with the foreigners for the population’s allegiance, and in the process had to administer their rule with a softer touch. In such places, troop presence actually makes the insurgents more popular in local eyes. Minus the U.S., the Taliban are robbed of their legitimacy."  mirror
  8. ^ Anand Gopal (2010-08-02). "How the Wikileaks Are Changing Afghan Hearts and Minds". The New Republic. Retrieved 2010-09-01. "For many Afghans, the release of thousands of secret military documents—which detail civilian casualties, corrupt officials, and meddlesome neighbors—amounts to a vindication of their view of the war. Many in the West argue the documents contain little new, and that may be true in general. But the devil resides in the details, and the details here paint a vivid and devastating picture of how Afghans view the American war."  mirror
  9. ^ Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan, Bill Moyers (2009). Breaking the Sound Barrier. Haymarket Books. p. 48. ISBN 9781931859998. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "Anand Gopal, Afghanistan correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, described the situation on the ground: ‘A lot of Afghans that I speak to in these southern areas where the fighting has been happening say that to bring more troops, that's going to mean more civilian casualties. It'll mean more of these night raids, which have been deeply unpopula amongst Afghans...Whenever American soldiers go into a village and then leave, the Taliban comes and attacks the village.’" 
  10. ^ Calvin F. Exoo (2009). The Pen and the Sword: Press, War, and Terror in the 21st Century. SAGE publishers. ISBN 9781412953603. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "As is often true of conventional wisdoms, this one was more conventional than wise. Afghanistan-based Christian Science Monitor reporter Anand Gopal has recently pointed out that the Taliban is "far from monolithic", a coalition of convenience made up of "nationalists, Islamists and bandits." For most of them

    foreign fighters, especially al Qaeda, have little ideological influence ... al Qaeda's vision of global jihad doesn't resonate in the rugged highlands and windswept deserts of Afghanistan. Instead in a world of endless war, roving bandits and Hellfire missiles, support goes to those who can bring security.

  11. ^ Susie Linfield (2010). The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence. University of Chicago Press. p. 279. ISBN 9780226482507. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "The Taliban have also executed children, as reported by Anand Gopal..." 
  12. ^ "New America Announces 2013 Schwartz Fellows". New America Foundation. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2012-05-23. "As a Schwartz Fellow, Gopal will study the evolution of insurgencies and revolutionary movements in South Asia and the Middle East. He is working on a book about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and also has reported regularly from throughout the Middle East, where he has covered the revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Syria. From 2007-2010, he was an Afghanistan-based correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal. He is a graduate of New York University and did graduate work in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania." 
  13. ^ Anand Gopal (2009-04-07). "Audiocast: A Conversation with Anand Gopal on America's Secret Afghan Prisons". The Nation. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. 
  14. ^ "Rethinking Afghanistan: Is Obama's Strategy a Dead End?". The Nation. 2009-04-07. Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Rethink Afghanistan". Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. 
  16. ^ Anand Gopal (2010-06-09). "Interview with Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: Can peace talks succeed?". Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. 
  17. ^ Scott Horton (2010-06-29). "Scott Horton Interviews Anand Gopal". Retrieved 2010-09-01. "Independent journalist Anand Gopal discusses his interview with Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar about peace talks with the Karzai government, the probable short tenure of whatever political entity (including the Taliban) fills the void after US departure, why COIN-inspired night raids that succeed in killing Taliban commanders are still counterproductive and why Hamid Karzai’s dominion is even less than his derogatory “Mayor of Kabul” title suggests." 
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