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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Abdullah Azzam moved to Peshawar from Islamabad in 1984 and founded what to raise money?
(a) Agency of Services.
(b) Office of Services.
(c) Office of Tour Services.
(d) Travel Services Office.

2. By the mid-1980s, the Afghan rebels were staging attacks within what borders?
(a) Ukraine.
(b) Georgia.
(c) Soviet Union.
(d) Romania.

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

4. Saudi intelligence used what type of charities to funnel money to Afghanistan?
(a) Political.
(b) Medical.
(c) Religious.
(d) Educational.

5. Not long after they formed, the Taliban captured what city?
(a) Kandahar.
(b) Karachi.
(c) Khartoum.
(d) Khakassia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Yosef and his associates also had plans to hijack a plane and crash it where?

2. In Chapter Five, what did CIA director William Casey advise President Ronald Reagan about their Afghanistan campaign?

3. The new National Security Decision Directive in 1985 made it harder to keep CIA involvement secret and there was concern the Soviets would retaliate against what nations?

4. Many of the reports from Algeria, Egypt, and Tunisia were treated how in Washington?

5. Most embassy personnel in Islamabad awaited military dictator Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq's help, but he was doing what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What plan was agreed to between Pakistani intelligence director Naseem Rana and CIA station chief Schroen regarding the capture of Mir Amal Kasi?

2. How was Unocal introduced?

3. In the opening of Chapter 5, what did CIA director William Casey relay to President Ronald Reagan in January 1984?

4. Why did Schroen encounter difficulty recovering CIA Stinger missiles from the Taliban?

5. How was Clinton's visit to Pakistan among the strangest that presidential history has to offer?

6. How were the rebels trained to clear Soviet-laid minefields around Jalalabad?

7. How was the Afghan war changing by 1999?

8. What were the major concerns of the U.S. embassy at Kabul in early 1988?

9. Why were Clarke and his counter-terrorism group at the White House frustrated by late spring in 2000?

10. What was their response when Tomsen sought Saudi funding to reinforce his alternative "shura" composed of independent rebel Afghan commanders outside ISI control, but where Massoud held a strong role within the movement?

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