Ronin

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  • First-ever oral history of an entire Marine scout-sniper platoon
  • Evidence of how Al Qaeda penetrated the Fallujah police department and never-before-seen photos of suicide bombings in Fallujah
  • Boots-on-the-ground perspective on American policy in action in Iraq

In this raw and provocative new book, readers wear desert camouflage, climb to rooftops, and get behind the rifle with a platoon of elite Marine ...

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Ronin: A Marine Scout-Sniper Platoon in Iraq

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Overview

  • First-ever oral history of an entire Marine scout-sniper platoon
  • Evidence of how Al Qaeda penetrated the Fallujah police department and never-before-seen photos of suicide bombings in Fallujah
  • Boots-on-the-ground perspective on American policy in action in Iraq

In this raw and provocative new book, readers wear desert camouflage, climb to rooftops, and get behind the rifle with a platoon of elite Marine snipers and scouts in Iraq. Author Mike Tucker embedded with the unit for its entire combat tour in 2005-06 to tell this exclusive from-the-frontlines story. Ronin captures true-grit Marines at war as they reconnoiter Iraqi villages, track terrorist targets, grapple with unrealistic rules of engagement, and get the kill. It also contains the only firsthand accounts of such previously unreported actions as an Al Qaeda attack on a police station and the "winter of the sniper" when terrorist gunmen plagued Coalition forces in Fallujah.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811703185
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Tucker is a Marine infantry veteran who has reported on guerrilla warfare and terrorism from hot spots around the globe, including Thailand, Burma, Spain, and Iraq. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from James Madison University, where he was a visiting scholar on counterterrorism in 2006. Tucker is also the author of The Long Patrol (978-9-7483-03796-), Hell Is Over (978-1-5922-8885-4), and Among Warriors in Iraq (978-1-5922-8732-1).
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Table of Contents


Ronin Scout/Sniper Teams     xi
Significant Actions of Ronin Scout/Sniper Teams     xiii
Author's Note     xviii
Introduction: A Marine Scout/Sniper's Journey   Corporal Justin Novi     xix
We had Ahmed Sirhan in our sights
"We had Ahmed Sirhan in our sights"     9
"Six days without a cigarette, no joy on that frequency"     22
"There's no for-sure place you are going to land when you are free-falling in the air"     33
"Miles shot two insurgents in the mosque. He was on the rooftop. Right, he didn't hesitate to engage. He killed them in the mosque"     38
"So I got the Iraqi soldier to engage his PKC machine gun on the mosque. He was hitting everything, really throwing down on the mosque"     44
"Every mosque in Fallujah is penetrated by Al Qaeda"     52
"We had the enemy mortar sites right in our hands at dawn, provided that we hold position and simply let the sheikh point them out to us"     55
The Fallujah Police is the largest insurgent cell in Fallujah
"The Fallujah Police is the largest insurgent cell in Fallujah"     75
"The War on Terror is not about money or power. It's about a change. A change, a chance that my kids and their kids will be able to see America the same way that I did: a great place"     81
"I totally agree, on the Iraqi Police being penetrated by terrorists. No question"     86
"It is madness, what the Americans are doing by empowering the terrorist Sheikh Khalid. It is folly, it is madness"     92
"The mosques in Fallujah and western Iraq are terrorist COCs? You're asking me for the record, yes or no answer? Yes. That is a very accurate statement. The mosques in Fallujah and western Iraq are terrorist command-and-control centers"     98
"Imagine if you manned the NYPD in 1940 with the Cosa Nostra. That's Fallujah in our time. You've manned the police with the Mafia"     109
"This IPs are marking our patrols for the terrorists and insurgents here ... by lighting up their vehicles when we go out the wire"     114
"If there is a man-eating lion near your village, do not send the entire village to kill the lion. Send one lion hunter to kill the lion. Your best hunter"     117
"The essential dilemma is this: The right money is going in the wrong places. The American money that strengthens the Fallujah Police strengthens Al Qaeda in Fallujah. And paves the way for the Ba'athists to return to power in Fallujah, Baghdad, and all Iraq.... Fallujah is still their goal. Al Qaeda owned Fallujah from April 2004 to November 2004. Al Qaeda wants Fallujah back"     128
"Bush traded justice for stability and got neither. The stability here is the chaos of Al Qaeda, and if Bush's intention was to reinforce Al Qaeda in western Iraq, then his intention was true.... Because that is exactly what Bush has done here. The Bush plan does not support stability, it supports terrorism"      136
Fighting for reconstruction aid in Iraq is like fighting for a woman's virtue in a bordello
"The IPs always know where the insurgent/terrorist attacks on us are; they know beforehand. They're always on the scene immediately"     148
"Fighting for reconstruction aid in Iraq is like fighting for a woman's virtue in a bordello"     154
"The weakness of the U.S. is we refuse to send undercover teams into the mosques. Al Qaeda knows this, the erhabi know this, and they exploit our weakness here, 24/7. Mosques are forward operating bases for terrorists"     161
"We know our enemies here, but we are essentially defending our enemies from our friends"     176
"Common sense and history dictate that you must listen to your junior troops if you want to win a guerrilla war"     180
"I've heard this from many Marines: 'I joined the Marine Corps to defend my country. And right now in Fallujah, we're not defending our country, we're defending the insurgency.' ... We are on a road to failure"     190
"You can't take a sheet of music, all written in London or Munich or New York or Washington or Paris, and hand it to a Bedouin musician in the sands of western Iraq and say, 'Now play that music, and love that music.' Money won't change that, either"     195
In Memoriam     201
Glossary     202
Bibliography     205
Acknowledgments     206
Index     207
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