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Into the Viper's Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War
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Into the Viper's Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War

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by Stephen Grey
 

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The Taliban had been entrenched for many months in southern Afghanistan when a force that included the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne paratroopers took the battle to the enemy. Airstrikes hammered the position in preparation for a night landing of coalition forces. Throughout the evening, these forces laid the groundwork for more troops, including Scots Guards,

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The Taliban had been entrenched for many months in southern Afghanistan when a force that included the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne paratroopers took the battle to the enemy. Airstrikes hammered the position in preparation for a night landing of coalition forces. Throughout the evening, these forces laid the groundwork for more troops, including Scots Guards, Royal commandos, and an Afghan battalion. In the blind chaos of the night, fifty-caliber bullets ripped through carloads of fleeing refugees, mistaken for suicide bombers, adding to the sad collateral damage of war. But by dawn the next morning, the task force was in the middle of an enemy nest of two thousand Taliban fighters. The crucial series of intense battles for control of the region had begun.

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HISTORYTIMES.COM
"It took a long time for the British public to fully appreciate the deadly nature of the war in Afghanistan. Now though, through the television coverage and books such as Into the Viper’s Nest, no-one underestimates the difficult and challenging circumstances under which our armed forces have to operate."

THE VETERANS REPORTER
"...a welcome addition to the literature of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan."

LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Skillfully and sympathetically told from the point of view of the hard-pressed soldiers, Grey's book will be a strong addition to the growing literature on the Afghan war."

Library Journal
Journalist Grey (former editor, Sunday Times; Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Rendition and Torture Program), who won an Amnesty International award for his journalism on CIA rendition, here recounts a few short days in December 2007 when an American battalion, a British regiment, and an Afghan battalion moved on Musa Qala, the only major Helmand Province town (population 15,000–20,000) then held by the Taliban. It turned into a rough set-piece battle against an entrenched and determined force. Skillfully and sympathetically told from the point of view of the hard-pressed soldiers, Grey's book will be a strong addition to the growing literature on the Afghan war. Published in the UK last year as Operation Snakebite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760338971
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
10/10/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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From the Publisher
LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Skillfully and sympathetically told from the point of view of the hard-pressed soldiers, Grey's book will be a strong addition to the growing literature on the Afghan war."

THE VETERANS REPORTER
"...a welcome addition to the literature of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan."

HISTORYTIMES.COM
"It took a long time for the British public to fully appreciate the deadly nature of the war in Afghanistan. Now though, through the television coverage and books such as Into the Viper’s Nest, no-one underestimates the difficult and challenging circumstances under which our armed forces have to operate."

Meet the Author

Stephen Grey is a journalist based in London, best known for breaking the international exclusive story of the CIA's secret rendition program for which he won the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award and formed the basis for his book Ghost Plane. He is a former editor of the Sunday Times and continues to contribute there as well as the New York Times, Guardian, Times, Independent, and Newsweek.

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