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America's War in Syria (Hardback)

Fighting with Kurdish Anti-ISIS Forces

Military > By Century > 21st Century World History > Middle East

By John Foxx, Shaun Murray, Till Paasche
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 20-30 photographs
ISBN: 9781636241524
Published: 28th May 2022



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With America's War on Terror and the subsequent democracy experiments in Afghanistan and Iraq having turned into geopolitical disasters, the US military campaign in alliance with the Kurdish forces in Syria is one of the few success stories. Military experts and politicians in Washington, DC, judge the intervention against ISIS in Syria as the nation's most successful campaign since WWII, based on the overwhelming military victory, the functioning Kurdish civilian governing structures that followed the fighting, the extremely light military footprint and the strong link to Kurdish partners many political analysts. However, since neither these experts nor many journalists were on the ground during the fighting, they struggle to explain exactly how this particular operation turned into a just war.


The authors, however, were there. Between the three of them, they fought for over two years with the Kurdish forces. They participated in all the large Kurdish operations against the Islamic State between late 2014 and mid-2016. The endured a muddy archaic trench warfare, witnessed the first waves of decisive US and British airstrikes against ISIS, and experienced the impact America had on the battlefield. Later, when American, British and French Special Forces were deployed at the frontlines, the authors worked closely with those teams when they evacuated hundreds of wounded from the battlefield together.


Based on the authors' unique insights, this book analyses America's war in Syria and structures the intervention into different phases including the secretive build up and the ultimate destruction of the ISIS Caliphate.

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About John Foxx

The former US Marine John Foxx volunteered with the Kurdish forces between 2014 - 2016. John is currently studying International Relations

About Shaun Murray

Shaun Murray served in the Royal Irish Regiment of the British Armed Forces and joined the Kurdish struggle between March 2015 and April 2016. Since the war, Shaun has graduated with a degree in International Relations.

About Till Paasche

The leftist academic Till 'Baz' Paasche, PhD joined the Kurdish revolution in Syria between March 2015 and July 2016. As a combat medic, Baz and his team worked closely with US and British Special Forces that where coordinating America's war on the ground.

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