The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan

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On the tenth anniversary of Canada's involvement, a leading journalist offers a fascinating assessment of Canada's past and present role in the Afghan war Of the 33,000 troops under NATO command in Afghanistan in October 2006, 12,000 were Americans and 2,500 were Canadians. Deployed to southern Afghanistan, the Canadian forces were charged with ending the violent insurgency in Kandahar Province. The Savage War offers a compelling look at how the war has been conducted by Canada and its allies on the ground and at...

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Overview

On the tenth anniversary of Canada's involvement, a leading journalist offers a fascinating assessment of Canada's past and present role in the Afghan war Of the 33,000 troops under NATO command in Afghanistan in October 2006, 12,000 were Americans and 2,500 were Canadians. Deployed to southern Afghanistan, the Canadian forces were charged with ending the violent insurgency in Kandahar Province. The Savage War offers a compelling look at how the war has been conducted by Canada and its allies on the ground and at the highest echelons. With unprecedented access to classified documents and the exceptional storytelling skills that have made him an award-winning reporter, Murray Brewster offers a powerful new perspective on the war. Told in the first person by a journalist who's spent more time in the trenches than any of his peers, The Savage War provides a candid look at the war's principal figures captured in off-camera moments and the daily, gritty reality of ordinary soldiers and Afghans. And as Canada prepares to take on a new mission in Afghanistan, this is the first comprehensive account of the five most significant years of the war and the key moments in it that shaped history.
• Murray Brewster provides tough-minded analysis and a critique of bureaucracy as well as revelations about corruption — sure to incite commentary and stir controversy
• Includes eyewitness accounts, exclusive interviews, and access to classified documents
• An unflinching, unvarnished analysis of Canada's role in the war, told in first-person by a journalist who has sat in trenches with soldiers, and also in the living room of 24 Sussex Drive with the prime minister Taking readers beyond punditry and political spin, The Savage War is the first comprehensive account of the key moments in the Afghan war that have shaped history. Many have asked what went wrong. The Savage War tackles this question head on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118115930
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

MURRAY BREWSTER (Ottawa) is the Senior Defence Correspondent with The Canadian Press. Since 2006, Brewster logged 15 months on the ground in Afghanistan. When not in Kandahar, he covered the war in Ottawa, London, Paris, Washington and other NATO capitals. Some of the stories he has broken have rattled chains in Ottawa—the Veterans Affairs privacy scandal involving Sean Bruyea, the dumping of veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran, the role of CSIS in interrogations of captured Taliban fighters, and DND's silence over wounded soldiers. He has been interviewed on the CBC, CTV, and on radio stations across the country, and has lectured to Canadian and American forces and journalists. Brewster was a finalist (1989) in the Michener Awards for public service in journalism.
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Table of Contents

Preface IX

Prologue XIII

1 We’re Not in Kansas Anymore 1

2 The Gathering Storm 13

3 “What Does Sorry Mean to Me?” 27

4 Perceptions 45

5 Moral Murk 59

6 Fighting Season 71

7 Cut and Run 83

8 Operation Medusa 97

9 “You Have to Spend to Save” 109

10 The Road to Zangabad 123

11 Warlords 141

12 Worst Days 155

13 A Flawed Arrangement 171

14 An Unlawful Enemy Combatant 185

15 Playing Chicken 189

16 An Epitaph to Good Intentions 203

17 “Almost Normal, But Not Quite” 213

18 “Feel Free to Exit at Your Leisure” 225

19 Losing Hearts and Minds 237

20 The Devil’s Workshop 251

21 Shoot the Messenger 261

22 3D—Deny, Deflect and Divide 271

23 The Green Hell 289

24 Getting Out of Dodge 303

25 A Dangerous Life 313

Acknowledgements 329

Index 331

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