Special Forces Operations: Afganistan and Iraq

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Intelligence specialist Leigh Neville identifies, describes and illustrates the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the US and other Allied (Coalition) forces committed to the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan since 2001, providing a fascinating insight into specific operations detailing weapons, equipment and experiences in combat. With a surprising amount of recently unclassified material from government departments that are yet to be published in the mass media, this is a ground-breaking analysis of the largest ...

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Overview

Intelligence specialist Leigh Neville identifies, describes and illustrates the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the US and other Allied (Coalition) forces committed to the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan since 2001, providing a fascinating insight into specific operations detailing weapons, equipment and experiences in combat. With a surprising amount of recently unclassified material from government departments that are yet to be published in the mass media, this is a ground-breaking analysis of the largest mobilization of Special Forces in recent history.

Extensive first-hand accounts provide an eyewitness perspective of the fighting including a description of the assault on Tora Bora, all illustrated with an array of unpublished photos and full color artwork. Containing detailed information on the US Delta Force, the British SAS, Australian and Canadian Special Forces as well as CIA and MI6 operational units this book provides a crucial study of their skills and success amidst Afghan mountains.

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"Military libraries strong in modern operations need Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan: it's a survey of the Western response to terrorist attacks on the U.S. and describes the results achieved by specific units operating in Afghanistan. From successes to failures, chapters cover strategy, include many rare private photos and use the author's SOF contacts for unusual embellishment." -The California Bookwatch (September 2008)"In all, it is an interesting book that shows how difficult it is to operate in these areas and provides insight into past and on-going operations. One that I enjoyed reading and I know you will as well." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (September 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033100
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 974,142
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Leigh Neville is an Australian intelligence specialist who is currently studying for a degree in International Security. He has published a number of articles on the subject and has excellent contacts in the US, UK and Australian special forces. The author lives in New South Wales, Australia.

RAMIRO BUJEIRO has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey Military's book series since illustrating Warrior 23, US Marine in Vietnam (1998). He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas, including many years' work for IPC Magazines in Great Britain. His main interests are the political and military history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     3
Aftermath of the Soviet occupation: the 'Afghan Arabs'
The Taliban
September 2001: '9/11'
Ahmad Shah Masoud
The 'Jawbreaker' mission
Operation 'Enduring Freedom'     6
Operation 'Crescent Wind'
SOF structure: Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (Task Force Dagger, TF K-Bar, TF Sword)
Combined Joint Task Force, Mountain (TF 64, TF 58, TF Jacana)
Joint Interagency Task Force, Counterterrorism (TF Bowie)
Coalition Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force
Operations October-December 2001     11
ODA deployments: the Panjshir Valley
The Kandahar raids
The Northern Alliance
Mazar-e-Sharif
Kabul, Konduz & Kandahar
Tora Bora
Zhawar Kili
Operation 'Anaconda', 2002     20
The Shah-e-Khot Valley
Takur Ghar
United Kingdom Special Forces     25
SAS
Operation 'Trent'
SBS
Qala-i-Jangi
Other Coalition Special Operations Forces     29
Australia
Canada
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Italy
Lithuania
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Romania
Special Operations Since 'Anaconda'     42
NATO takes over: International Security Assistance Force
CJSOTF
Task Force 88
UK Special Forces
The future of ISAF?
Weapons & Equipment     48
Small arms
Support weapons
SOF vehicles
Air assets
Private security contractors     56
Select Bibliography     59
Plate Commentaries     60
Index     64
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