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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What casualties resulted when Kasi fired upon employees as they entered the CIA headquarters on 23 January 1993?
(a) 2 killed, 3 wounded.
(b) 1 killed, 4 wounded.
(c) 5 killed, 3 wounded.
(d) 3 killed, 5 wounded.

2. When was the ISI captured and sold a Russian SU-25 to the CIA?
(a) October 1986.
(b) June 1985.
(c) August 1988.
(d) December 1987.

3. How was President Zia killed?
(a) Plane crash.
(b) Bomb explosion.
(c) Heart attack.
(d) Commando raid.

4. What term did Paul Pillar, a chief analyst at the CIA Counterterrorist Center, use when he described individuals like Yousef?
(a) "Rental terrorists."
(b) "Ad hoc terrorists."
(c) "Tinkertoy terrorists."
(d) "Cowboy terrorists."

5. The war in Afghanistan cost the Soviet Union how many billion dollars?
(a) 4.
(b) 12.
(c) 8.
(d) 16.

6. When did the Soviets invade Afghanistan with their goal to kill the Afghan leader, Hafizullah Amin, and install a new communist regime?
(a) March 1979.
(b) July 1979.
(c) January 1979.
(d) December 1979.

7. In 1993. the CIA was warned by the State Department envoy in Central Asia that the policy of allowing the Afghans to find their own solution achieved what?
(a) Minimal success.
(b) Moderate success.
(c) Significant success.
(d) Failure.

8. Chapter 12 revealed what about the State Department and CIA in 1991?
(a) In secret agreement regarding change of Kabul government.
(b) In secret competition regarding change of Kabul government.
(c) In open agreement regarding change of Kabul government.
(d) In open competition regarding change of Kabul government.

9. It was decided to treat terrorists as criminals with no claims to political legitimacy, and which was selected as the lead agency in 1995?
(a) DIA.
(b) CIA.
(c) FBI.
(d) DIA.

10. The U.S. embassy attack was coordinated by a radical group at which university?
(a) Tehran University.
(b) University of Afghanistan.
(c) Kabul Polytechnic Institute.
(d) Quaid-I-Azam University.

11. When did the Islamic opposition revolt against the established communist Russian government in Herat, Afghanistan?
(a) March 1979.
(b) December 1979.
(c) January 1979.
(d) July 1979.

12. When was the treaty for the Soviet withdrawal signed in Geneva?
(a) 18 January 1989.
(b) 16 October 1988.
(c) 14 April 1988.
(d) 12 July 1988.

13. At what point was the CIA allowed to begin operations in Afghanistan using Zia's intelligence service as an intermediary?
(a) January 1979.
(b) December 1979.
(c) July 1979.
(d) March 1979.

14. Who was the new Department of State special envoy to the Afghan resistance that served from 1989-1992?
(a) Thomas Peterson.
(b) Peter Tomsen.
(c) Peter Timmons.
(d) Peter Thompson.

15. Like all students at the time while attending Kabul Polytechnic Institute, what did Massoud have a choice between?
(a) Marxism or radical Hinduism.
(b) Leninism or radical Buddhism.
(c) Communism or radical Islam.
(d) Nazism or radical Judaism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What city was a haven for noted radical Carlos the Jackal?

2. What group did Massoud join while at Kabul Polytechnic Institute?

3. In what year did the Taliban form?

4. Bin Laden was sponsoring jihad in Communist Yemen and opposed the Saudi government when they allowed American troops in to liberate which nation?

5. Who was the CIA chief selected when the Bill Clinton administration took office?

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