Task Force Black by Mark Urban
The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq

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When American and British forces invaded Iraq in March 2003, select teams of special forces and intelligence operatives got to work looking for the WMD their governments had promised were there. They quickly realized no such weapons existed. Instead they faced an insurgency--a soaring spiral of extremism and violence that was almost impossible to understand, let alone reverse.

Facing defeat, the Coalition waged a hidden war within a war. Major-General Stan McChrystal devised a campaign fusing special forces, aircraft, and the latest surveillance technology with the aim of taking down the enemy faster than it could regenerate. Guided by intelligence, British and American special forces conducted a relentless onslaught, night after night targeting al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups.

Task Force Black reveals not only the intensity of the secret fight that turned the tide in Baghdad but the rivalries and personal battles that had to be overcome along the way. Incisive, dramatic, exceptionally revealing, the war in Iraq cannot be understood without this book.


About Mark Urban

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MARK URBAN is Diplomatic and Defense Editor of the BBC's Newsnight. He has covered many of the world's conflicts during the past twenty-five years, including the Iraq campaign that began in 2003. He lives in London.
Published June 7, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 318 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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As chaos expanded in 2004 and ’05, the specialized units increased their reliance on the new surveillance capabilities of the NSA and other agencies to make up for a lack of intelligence through normal military channels: “The SAS summarised their operational process during the early days in Baghd...

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On 30 May last year Operation Crichton, the UK special forces deployment in Iraq, ended.

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The Independent

The SAS were sent south to help in the planned arrest of a militant leader who had become a policeman and was now running a seditious force within a force.

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The Army Rumour Service

His most serious criticism is not aimed at any of the Special Forces but more at those in command of regular forces towards the end of the Iraq campaign and for, what he sees, their desire to withdraw from Iraq at the earliest opportunity without necessarily confronting insurgent activity to the ...

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