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

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

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by Stephen Grey
     
 

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Recounts the dramatic three-day battle for the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala that started on 7 December 2007. With a pre-battle population of fifteen to twenty thousand, Musa Qala was the only significant town held by the Taliban at that time. Attacking against two thousand Taliban fighters, who were heavily dug in after occupying the town for more than nine

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Recounts the dramatic three-day battle for the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala that started on 7 December 2007. With a pre-battle population of fifteen to twenty thousand, Musa Qala was the only significant town held by the Taliban at that time. Attacking against two thousand Taliban fighters, who were heavily dug in after occupying the town for more than nine months, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was spearheaded by Task Force 1 Fury: 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 82nd Airborne Division.
 
For the ISAF Musa Qala  was a target of immense importance; the Taliban had to be driven out and the town secured. With months of occupation to get ready, the Taliban were prepared to stand and fight. What resulted was one of the biggest and most terrible battles of the war.

Editorial Reviews

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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:
9781616739874
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
11/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
582,556
File size:
4 MB

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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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