Kill bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man

Kill bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man

by Dalton Fury
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Kill bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man by Dalton Fury

The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world—an operation of such magnitude that it couldn't be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. As such, the task was handed to roughly forty members of America's supersecret counterterrorist unit formally known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta; more popularly, the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force.

This is the real story of the operation, the first eyewitness account of the Battle of Tora Bora, and the first book to detail just how close Delta Force came to capturing bin Laden, how close U.S. bombers and fighter aircraft came to killing him, and exactly why he slipped through our fingers. Lastly, this is an extremely rare inside look at the shadowy world of Delta Force and a detailed account of these warriors in battle.

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ISBN-13: 9780312547417
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Dalton Fury was the senior ranking military officer at the Battle of Tora Bora. As a Delta troop commander he led ninety-one other Western special operations commandos and support personnel and helped author, along with some of Delta's most talented sergeants, the tactical concept of the operation to hunt and kill bin Laden. Dalton Fury passed away in 2016.

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Kill Bin Laden 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
800102 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I found it hard to put down once I got started. The pages just seem to flow onto the next and you do not realize how much you have read. The author has taken much time in putting this superbly written book together to tell the story of him and his men. Though they are not in it to have a spot light on them but more so to tell the story of the sacrifices made by these highly trained warriors in the hunt for Bin Laden. There are great pictures as well to go along with the book. Though I was not in Tora Bora with these elite professionals I did serve in Afghanistan and understand what the author means by extremely cold weather there and how the muhj work for the highest bidder. God bless the author and good luck in any future projects.
Ynot More than 1 year ago
Despite the lurid title and the author's pseudonym that evokes "Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos" comic books, this is actually a good picture of a US SOF organization trying to grapple with Al Qaida in the early days of the GWOT and being constrained by higher authority. Fury describes his early Army career and provides some detail on the accession course that was the gateway into this unit. But his focus, and the bulk of the book, is on his troop's deployment to Afghanistan in 2001. It is an interesting, and matter-of-fact description of SOF employment in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the story of Tora Bora, and bin Laden's escape into Pakistan. This account, by a retired US Army officer who was a tactical leader there, is largely consistent with Gary Berntsen's CIA memoir of the same events, "Jawbreaker." Today's (21 Dec 09) New York Times featured an op-ed piece by an instructor at the Marine Corps University addressing risk aversion among senior officers, particularly in the Army. His survey findings parallel the frustrations voiced by "Dalton Fury" in this book. While no one wants our generals or admirals to be profligate with lives - Cold Harbor and July 1, 1916 don't need sequels - we will have a hard time winning wars if our operational commanders focus predominantly on force protection. (This is no new revelation: anyone who has been to the Naval War College is familiar with the fact that, early in WWII, the Navy had to cashier many of its submarine skippers for being too cautious. The peacetime Navy was not necessarily the place for Fluckeys and O'Kanes to flourish.) The organization to which Fury belonged was patterned, at least in part, on the SAS, whose famous motto is: "Who dares, wins." Fury's people were professional and brave, but they were not allowed to be as daring as they wanted to be. Fury makes the case, as Berntsen did before him, that had he been allowed to be more aggressive, had the US personnel on the scene been allowed to move forward rather than be tethered to Afghan allies of dubious commitment, UBL and the al Qaida core leadership might have been finished off just a few months after 9/11. As Secretary Gates has said, killing or capturing bin Laden won't end the war, but the war can't end until he has been captured or killed. The President recently committed to sending more troops to Afghanistan. A lot of the debate over whether that was a good idea seemed to revolve around the question of whether we should pursue fundamentally a COIN strategy, which is necessarily personnel-intensive, or try to rely more on targeting Al Qaida leadership with Predators, etc. This book provides a look at one attempt at implementing the latter course. This book is not a Tom Clancy or Dick Marcinko thriller; it is an enlightening look at how the US wages war and prompts thoughts such as: could we be doing better?
jjs2823 More than 1 year ago
Great book. I had heard different stories in the past and never really understood how Bin Laden escaped. No I know - and from someone that was there. Thanks for your service Dalton.
sparksdesign More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book just a few days ago, shortly after watching this story on ¿60 Minutes¿. In less than three days time, I came to realize that I have taken for granted all of which I have, love and wish for. ¿Kill Bin Laden¿, is a ¿Unit¿s¿ commander¿s account of the battle of Tora Bora. Mr. Dalton Fury¿s love and dedication to his men during such a skillful and delicate battle has to be one of the greatest military stories of the current time. Writing such a story took a great risk and may oust him from the Unit¿s small community, but none the less it was a story that needed told. Much of the book honors all of the greatest warriors of our time. Fury¿s selfless approach to this story is unmatched. I was inspired by the services in which his men conducted themselves, how they survived the worst of the worst and for which they stand for. As a prior military service member myself, it brought back many memories of those men I call ¿Brothers¿. I can only imagine the hardships in which these great fighters had to go through. As Fury quotes, ¿Not as cold as Tora Bora¿, ¿Not as hot as Baghdad¿ and ¿Not as bad as Delta selection and assessment¿! I have never experienced any three of these situations, but I am honored to know that there are men like Dalton Fury and his Warriors that have! Thank You.
Tkay More than 1 year ago
Very easy reading. You can get lost trying to remember all of the foreign names: who's good, who's bad? Who knows? At times it seemed like a deluge of detail, but without it, the book's point would be lost. I was inundated with description -- terrain, mountains, weather, but, again, without that detail, one could not appreciate what Delta Force was facing, or who they were fighing. At times, they weren't even sure. I came away with the distinct feeling that if the powers that be let Delta Force do what they have to do, and not tie their hands, Bin Laden would be history by now. I do applaud Mr Fury for telling it like it is with respect to the journalist covering the Mid-East war. I believe this was Dalton Fury's first book, and he did a pretty good job. My only disappointment was the ending. My first reaction was, "that's it?" However, a book of this type, does not have an ending, or a beginning. What I read was just a chapter in the day of...
Brad_W More than 1 year ago
Great insight to the events after 9/11 and the hunt for Bin Laden. Insights you never got from mainstream news.
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Dawson59 More than 1 year ago
This is a very encompassing book detailing the first efforts to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. But as the reader will find out, in those early days of the conflict, George Bush attempted to work with the tribal leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan in an effort to build a solid foreign policy and provide the elders of the tribes, a place of importance in the eyes of their people and the world. Unfortunately, his efforts turned into a political and military debacle that allowed “Enemy #1” of the world, to continue operations of terror and destruction for another twelve years. Is Bush at fault? Perhaps. Was it important for America to gain a presence in this tumultuous area? At the time, yes. In hindsight, it’s easy to assign blame to our leaders, but when it comes down to our troops risking their lives for the country and the worlds benefit, he should have rolled the dice and killed him when the chance first appeared.  The brilliance of the this work is how the reader is placed in the mountains of Tora Bora and following Bin Laden’s movements. Mr. Fury does an excellent job in recreating what he and his troops endured as they hunted this monster. Imagine being in the operations room and hearing Bin Laden bid his troops farewell as our Special Forces move in for the kill. You can feel his resignation over the air waves. You will tense up as the troops move in for the final kill, and then feel their pain and let down knowing their prey had escaped through the back door.  Well done Mr. Fury
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Great book!!!
Dennis_A More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and the insights it provided on Delta Operators and the events in Tora Bora. I recommend investing the time and reading it.
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Cameron Anders More than 1 year ago
Just read it already!
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