Boots on the Ground: The Fight to Liberate Afghanistan from Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, 2001-2002 [NOOK Book]

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Boots on the Ground is a narrative account of the American war to free Afghanistan from al Qaeda and the Taliban. Author Dick Camp uses extensive firsthand accounts that bring the text alive. Camp's exciting narrative covers the origins of American combat involvement in the country as well as the post-9/11 campaigns that initially brought victory over al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. In an incisive epilogue, he describes how we let victory in Afghanistan slip away to ...

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Overview

Boots on the Ground is a narrative account of the American war to free Afghanistan from al Qaeda and the Taliban. Author Dick Camp uses extensive firsthand accounts that bring the text alive. Camp's exciting narrative covers the origins of American combat involvement in the country as well as the post-9/11 campaigns that initially brought victory over al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. In an incisive epilogue, he describes how we let victory in Afghanistan slip away to fight a war in Iraq.

 

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"A specific, technical study of the U.S. military’s special operations against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. Sticking to the record, retired Marine Corps veteran Camp (Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004, 2011, etc.) does not impart judgment to this extraordinary story of the U.S. expulsion of Taliban forces in the space of several weeks after 9/11. Maps, chronology and photos all relay the historian’s sense of meticulous research without heeding stylistic embellishments. Camp paints the grim background by depicting the brutal Soviet invasion of the country in 1979 and the disastrous 10-year occupation, resulting in many dead, billions spent and little gained. Emerging from the squalid refugee camps and supported by Pakistan intelligence, the mujahideen were proud, fearless guerrilla fighters who formed small, mobile units that roamed the countryside laying ambush. They were highly effective over the rugged terrain against the lumbering Soviet juggernaut, and would be again when enlisted by the U.S. against the Taliban. The attacks on 9/11 underscored what the Americans should have seen coming: The Taliban (still supported by Pakistan), militarized by Osama bin Laden, had issued jihad against America, as evidenced by the suicide bomb on the USS Cole in 2000 and other attacks. Camp delves into the Bush Administration’s war machinations led by Donald Rumsfeld, and though the military detail can occasionally become overwhelming, the big events unfurl methodically, climaxing in U.S.-backed Hamid Karzai’s taking of Kandahar, and the pursuit of al-Qaeda troops to the border of Pakistan. Operation Anaconda officially closed in March 2002, before the U.S. turned its attention to Iraq. A workmanlike, nuts-and-bolt account of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

“Camp is a superb military historian and author. His writing style sweeps the reader along with vivid descriptions of unusual battles. One can almost taste the swirling dust as the bullets whiz past the rider. Dick Camp has combined his flowing narrative and supporting photos with the first-person oral testimony of its participants to create this historical masterwork. Ever seeking to go the extra mile, Camp includes a first-rate set of supporting maps. To this illustrious purpose, Camp teamed with artist, now mapmaker, Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Wild Bill” Cody, USMC (Ret) with masterful effect. With much more of the Afghan story left to be told, we can imagine that Dick Camp is toiling away to bring us the next segment of his complex, and often baffling, war.” -Leatherneck

“It’s difficult to write an accurate history of a war as it unfolds, but historian and former combat veteran Marine Dick Camp succeeds brilliantly with his latest book “Boots on the Ground.” While “Boots on the Ground” details the remarkable campaign that initially drove the Taliban and Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, its real value goes beyond; “Boots on the Ground” is a comprehensive study of recent Afghanistan history, the courage and ingenuity of the American fighting men, and the continued importance of “small wars” styled personal relationships in an otherwise hi-tech world.” – The Gazette

Kirkus Reviews
A specific, technical study of the U.S. military's special operations against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. Sticking to the record, retired Marine Corps veteran Camp (Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004, 2011, etc.) does not impart judgment to this extraordinary story of the U.S. expulsion of Taliban forces in the space of several weeks after 9/11. Maps, chronology and photos all relay the historian's sense of meticulous research without heeding stylistic embellishments. Camp paints the grim background by depicting the brutal Soviet invasion of the country in 1979 and the disastrous 10-year occupation, resulting in many dead, billions spent and little gained. Emerging from the squalid refugee camps and supported by Pakistan intelligence, the mujahideen were proud, fearless guerrilla fighters who formed small, mobile units that roamed the countryside laying ambush. They were highly effective over the rugged terrain against the lumbering Soviet juggernaut, and would be again when enlisted by the U.S. against the Taliban. The attacks on 9/11 underscored what the Americans should have seen coming: The Taliban (still supported by Pakistan), militarized by Osama bin Laden, had issued jihad against America, as evidenced by the suicide bomb on the USS Cole in 2000 and other attacks. Camp delves into the Bush Administration's war machinations led by Donald Rumsfeld, and though the military detail can occasionally become overwhelming, the big events unfurl methodically, climaxing in U.S.-backed Hamid Karzai's taking of Kandahar, and the pursuit of al-Qaeda troops to the border of Pakistan. Operation Anaconda officially closed in March 2002, before the U.S. turned its attention to Iraq. A workmanlike, nuts-and-bolt account of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610597449
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
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Meet the Author

Dick Camp retired from the Marine Corps as a full colonel following twenty-six years of service. He is now a vice president of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation working at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He is the author of seven previous books, most recently The Battle for the City of the Dead. Colonel Camp lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Part I: “What an Unlucky Country”
Chapter 1: The Bear Came over the Mountain
Chapter 2: Brutal-Hearted Mountain Tribes
Chapter 3: State within a State
Chapter 4: Commander of the Faithful (Amir-ul Momineen)
Chapter 5: Warriors of God
Chapter 6: Al-Qaeda, The Base
Chapter 7: The Big Wedding (Al Ourush al-Kabir)
Part II: Boots on the Ground, Northern Afghanistan
Chapter 8: First In
Chapter 9: Task Force Dagger
Chapter 10: Operational Detachment Alpha 555, Tiger 01
Chapter 11: Operational Detachment Alpha 595, Tiger 02
Chapter 12: Operational Detachment Alpha 534, Tiger 04
Chapter 13: Operational Detachment Alpha 585, Tiger 03
Chapter 14: Operational Detachment Alpha 553, Tiger 07
Chapter 15: Operational Detachment Alpha 586, Texas11
Chapter 16: Uprising in the House of War
Chapter 17: Operational Detachment Command and Control Element, Shark 85
Chapter 18: Tora Bora
Chapter 19: Operational Detachment Delta, Delta Force
Chapter 20: Operational Detachment Alpha 554, Texas 08
Part III: Boots on the Ground, Southern Afghanistan
Chapter 21: Operational Detachment Alpha 574, Texas 12
Chapter 22: Special Operations Command and Control Element 52, Rambo 52
Chapter 23: Operational Detachment Alpha 583, Texas 17
Chapter 24: Rangers Lead the Way
Chapter 25: The Marines Have Landed
Chapter 26: Spiritual Home
Epilogue: Takur Ghar
Chronology
Bibliography
Index

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