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Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda

by Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo


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On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire. Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape, a widespread lack of knowledge of the local customs and culture and an attitude of complacency that hindered his ability to combat the local Taliban, Doug confounded his peers by dressing like a native and mastering the local dialect, making contact and building sources within several deadly terrorist networks. His new approach resulted in unprecedented successes for the CIA, including the uncovering the largest IED network in the world, responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. Meanwhile, Doug had to keep up false pretenses with his family, girlfriend and friends—nobody could know what he did for a living—and deal with the emotional turbulence of constantly living a lie. His double life was building to an explosive resolution, with repercussions that would have far reaching consequences. Left of Boom tells his story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250116888
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 284,850
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DOUGLAS LAUX is a former CIA operations officer who served multiple tours throughout the Middle East. He was in Afghanistan for the 2010 Afghan Surge and in Kandahar during Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the death of Usama bin Ladin. His final assignment was with the top secret task force involved with instigating the Syrian civil war. He lives in Washington, DC.

RALPH PEZZULLO is the bestselling author of Jawbreaker, Inside SEAL Team Six, and others.

Table of Contents

1 Attack on Khowst 1

2 Onboarding 11

3 Training 23

4 Wadi Base 39

5 Abdul 51

6 Haji Jan 64

7 Commandant Khan 76

8 Stone Firebase 88

9 Bob 103

10 Pamplona 118

11 Camp Gecko 135

12 Mahmud 149

13 Mullah Salaam 162

14 Sarposa Prison 173

15 Wali Dalir/Mullah Rashid 186

16 Wolverine 200

17 Termination 212

18 Kate 224

19 Sucker-Punched 238

20 Downward Spiral 249

21 Syria 263

22 Endgame 277

23 Resignation 289

Letter 302

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