Lions of Kandahar The Story of a Fight Against All Odds

ISBN-10: 0553807579
ISBN-13: 9780553807578
Edition: 2011
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Description: One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Lions of Kandahar is an inside account by an unparalleled warrior, the only active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces soldier ever permitted to write, publish, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Lions of Kandahar is an inside account by an unparalleled warrior, the only active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces soldier ever permitted to write, publish, and promote a book with full Army and Special Operations support. Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers, lush orchards, and towering marijuana stands, all laced with treacherous irrigation ditches. A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to come. Dispatched as a diversionary force in support of the main coalition attack, Bradley#x19;s Special Forces A-team and two others, along with their longtime Afghan Army allies, watched from across the valley as the NATO force was quickly engulfed in a vicious counterattack. Key to relieving it and calling in effective air strikes was possession of a modest patch of high ground called Sperwan Ghar. Bradley#x19;s small detachment assaulted the hill and, in the midst of a savage and unforgettable firefight, soon learned they were facing nearly a thousand seasoned fighters-from whom they seized an impossible victory. Now Bradley recounts the whole remarkable story as it actually happened. The blistering trek across Afghanistan#x19;s infamous Red Desert. The eerie traces of the elusive Taliban. The close relations with the Afghan people and army, a primary mission focus. Sperwan Ghar itself: unremitting waves of fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades; a targeted truck turned into an inferno; the death trap of a cut-off compound. Most important: the men, Americans and Afghans alike-the #x1C;shaky#x1D; medic with nerves of steel and a surgeon#x19;s hands in battle; the tireless sergeant who seems to be everywhere at once; the soft-spoken intelligence officer with laser-sharp insight; the diminutive Afghan commander with a Goliath-sized heart; the cool maverick who risks all to rescue a grievously wounded comrade-each unique, all indelible in their everyday exercise of extraordinary heroism.

Kevin Maurer has covered special operations forces for nine years. He is the author or co-author of several books including No Easy Day and No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL.

Glossary
Author's Note
First Contact
That Sewer Smell
Picking a Fight
Welcome Back
Bingo Red One
Operation Medusa
Rat Lines
A Cat-And-Mouse Game
The Red Sands
The Notebook
The Voice of an Angel and Death
�Shoot into the Bushes, Daddy!�
Black on Ammo
Seven Two-Thousand-Pounders
Put Your Mouthpiece In
Friends for Life
�These Jokers Just Don't Give Up!�
Holding On at all Costs
Today Is Not Your Day
A World of Hurt
The Dragon's Back
Firebase Sperwan Ghar
Epilogue
Acknowledgments

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