The Horse Soldiers: A True Story of Modern War
by Doug Stanton
On 19 October, 2001, an elite team of just twelve US Special Forces agents covertly entered Afghanistan to do the impossible: recapture the country ... Show synopsis On 19 October, 2001, an elite team of just twelve US Special Forces agents covertly entered Afghanistan to do the impossible: recapture the country from Al Qaeda fighters. What these highly trained soldiers do has always been a secret. They are not part of the US regular Army and operate by something they call Big Boy Rules. This sparse band of men lived and fought in the dirt far behind enemy lines, with no possibility of rescue if the mission failed. What followed, and what Stanton brings alive in detail, is a battle the US Army calls the most intense urban combat since the War on Terror began. It is war as seen through the men's eyes, as fathers, husbands, and soldiers, minute by minute. This is the only book of its kind to be supported by the United States Special Forces Command at Ft Bragg: an intimate, novelistic telling of the war on terror in Afghanistan and its deadliest battle.
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