First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

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by Gary C. Schroen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0891418725

ISBN-13: 9780891418726

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

"While America held its breath in the days immediately following 9/11, a small but determined group of CIA agents covertly began to change history. This is the riveting first-person account of the harrowing top-secret mission inside Afghanistan to set the stage for the defeat of the Taliban and launch the war on terror." "Gary Schroen was hardly expecting to take on…  See more details below

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"While America held its breath in the days immediately following 9/11, a small but determined group of CIA agents covertly began to change history. This is the riveting first-person account of the harrowing top-secret mission inside Afghanistan to set the stage for the defeat of the Taliban and launch the war on terror." "Gary Schroen was hardly expecting to take on such a job. Like the veteran officer in countless cop movies, he was planning for retirement when disaster struck. After 9/11, at age fifty-nine, he was drafted back for his most dangerous assignment: to lead a handpicked team of operatives deep into Afghan territory and prepare the way for an American assault." "Comprised of seven agents, experts in fields ranging from communications to medicine to weaponry, the group called "JAWBREAKER" found itself in hostile terrain while identifying targets for U.S. bombs and coordinating U.S. forces with the Northern Alliance (NA), the organized opposition to the Taliban dictatorship." "JAWBREAKER struggled to maintain coherence within the NA, which had been deprived of its charismatic leader Ahmad Shah Masood when he was murdered on September 9 by an al-Qa'ida bomb concealed in a camera. The success of Schroen and his group would mean the collapse of the Taliban, the disruption of al-Qa'ida, and the end of Afghanistan as a sanctuary for terrorists. Impeding JAWBREAKER's progress was the absence of a Taliban infrastructure that could be targeted, a Pakistani government eager to interfere, and a "rash and reckless" U.S. government that did not know the most effective way to attack." First In is a uniquely intimate look at a mission that began the U.S. retaliation against terrorism - and reclaimed the country of Afghanistan for its people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780891418726
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : 9 September 20013
Pt. 1Washington, DC : 11-19 September 20019
Pt. 2History39
Pt. 3On the move from Germany to Uzbekistan : 19-25 September 200165
Pt. 4JAWBREAKER : 26-28 September 200185
Pt. 5Sizing up the enemy : 29 September-1 October 2001119
Pt. 6The realities of war : 2-18 October 2001143
Pt. 7A change of plan?173
Pt. 8The A-teams are in : 19-23 October 2001207
Pt. 9ALPHA team and the battle south of Mazar-e Sharif : 23 October 2001245
Pt. 10Efforts in the south - fighting north of Qandahar271
Pt. 11JAWBREAKER team and the Triple Nickel at Baghram Air Base : late October 2001287
Pt. 12The bombing steps up : 1-4 November 2001309
Pt. 13The fall of Kabul : 1-14 November 2001323

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