Naval War College Review


Amer Latif


After the terrorist attacks of 11 Septem- ber 2001, U.S. policy makers focused heavily on Central Asian states as ven- ues for basing troops and equipment for the war on terrorism. Although that war initially focused on Afghanistan, the effects of militant Islam have also affected various states in the Central Asian region to the north. In this book, Rashid provides the reader with a jour- nalist’s account of what has led to the rise of militant Islam in Central Asia. This book had just gone into editing when the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon oc- curred, and it underwent revision shortly before publication.