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

2. When was there a meeting in Moscow in which the Soviets decided to pull out of Afghanistan within a year or two?
(a) 12 January 1987.
(b) 31 May 1987.
(c) 21 March 1987.
(d) 13 November 1986.

3. The ISI began to supply the Taliban in 1995, which soon controlled what region?
(a) Northern Iraq.
(b) Southern Pakistan.
(c) Northern Yemen.
(d) Southern Afghanistan.

4. Economic sanctions were imposed by the U.S. against which nation in 1993 because of government-sponsored terrorism?
(a) Syria.
(b) Egypt.
(c) Sudan.
(d) Saudi Arabia.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Soviets invade Afghanistan with their goal to kill the Afghan leader, Hafizullah Amin, and install a new communist regime?

2. Where did Massoud live from the age of 11?

3. To what did the Saudis view the Soviet invasion as a threat?

4. Hart also met regularly with Akhtar due Rahman, who directed the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence agency known as what?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. From which stations did the CIA maintain the greatest amount of detailed intelligence collected regarding Middle Eastern radical Islamic movements during the early 1990s?

2. How did Chapter 1 open for William Putscher?

3. How was Abdul Haq introduced?

4. Why did Schroen roll the jeep into the lake at the end of Chapter 1?

5. What weapons systems did the CIA Afghan program provide in late 1985?

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

7. How was it, as related in Chapter 9, that the Pakistani ISI allied with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar as a means of isolating and defeating rival commanders about Kabul?

8. Where were Schroen's assignments in the decade subsequent to the embassy riots in Islamabad in 1979?

9. What were some of the elements of Michael Pillsbury's goal in Afghanistan?

10. How had the city of Peshawar evolved by late 1986?

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