Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq

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The definitive inside account of the secret CIA mission that paved the way for the U.S. invasion of Iraq—a book with vital lessons for America’s ongoing struggle against Al-Qaeda
 
The Iraq War most of us know began on March 20, 2003, with the U.S.-led invasion. In fact, it began on July 10, 2002, when a CIA counterterrorist team crossed the Harburr River from Turkey into Kurdistan. Operation Hotel California tells the inside story of this...

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Overview

The definitive inside account of the secret CIA mission that paved the way for the U.S. invasion of Iraq—a book with vital lessons for America’s ongoing struggle against Al-Qaeda
 
The Iraq War most of us know began on March 20, 2003, with the U.S.-led invasion. In fact, it began on July 10, 2002, when a CIA counterterrorist team crossed the Harburr River from Turkey into Kurdistan. Operation Hotel California tells the inside story of this dangerous mission, which had profound consequences on the War on Terror, the Iraq War, and U.S. foreign policy.
 
Authors Mike Tucker and Charles S. Faddis—the leader of the courageous CIA team—capture the thrills and frustrations of hunting the nation’s most fanatical enemies on their turf. They also deliver the most blistering indictment to date by any U.S. counterterrorism officer of America’s blunders vis-à-vis Al-Qaeda and Iraq. Carrying lessons especially relevant today, as the current administration seeks to disengage from Iraq while continuing to fight extremists in Afghanistan and beyond, Operation Hotel California is a must-read about the complexities and dangers of American covert operations.

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"Among Warriors in Iraq is hard-boiled and absorbing."--Booklist 

 

 “In Hell Is Over: Voices of the Kurds after Saddam, Mike Tucker tells a story we should know, but would not, except for his bravery.”--Senator Bob Kerrey, member of 9/11 Commission

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599218885
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles S. Faddis served 20 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer, including Department Chief, Central Intelligence Agency’s Counter-Terrorist Center, Washington, DC, and Chief of Station – Middle East. He is the author of Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and Willful Neglect: The Dangerous Illusion of Homeland Security (both Lyons Press).

Mike Tucker is a counterterrorism and guerrilla war specialist who has seen action with elite units in the Iraq War and beyond; a Marine infantry veteran; and the author of ten books, including Among Warriors in Iraq (Lyons Press). 

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Sam handpicked the counterterrorists and clandestine officers for his team in early February of 2002, at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Nearly half of his team had been heavily engaged in the fight against Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and other Islamist terrorists in Afghanistan after September 11th.

 

Throughout February 2002, Sam and his team got refresher training on counterterrorist raid training; all firearms training; survival training and languages training in Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, and Turkish; and refresher courses on reconnaissance and surveillance, and calling in air strikes, artillery strikes, and other call-for-fire commands on field radios at war.

 

Locked and cocked and told by the White House in January 2002 that war in Iraq was imminent, Sam had his team ready to go to war in Iraq by early March of 2002, on schedule.

 

From March 2002 to July 4, 2002, the Turkish General Staff gave on-again, off-again messages to the White House, until Sam told his superiors to relay the following to the Oval Office: "This administration gets stay-out-of-jail cards for my team; no more airport hopscotch for my men.

 

Even when they were en route to Iraq in July 2002, the Turkish General Staff ordered the counterterrorists not to land at the U.S. Air Force Base in Incirlik, Turkey. They landed, nonetheless, on July 7, 2002.

 

Three days later, each American carried an assault rifle and a sidearm into Kurdistan, clips jacked in and full magazines and ammunition stacked in the rear of their jeeps as they rolled across the river to link up with Kurdish peshmerga.

 

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