The Afghan War (Paperback)
Operation Enduring Freedom 2001-2014
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Drugs, war and terrorism were the unholy trinity that brought the US-led air campaign crashing down on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in October 2001 in Operation Enduring Freedom, and this photographic history is a graphic introduction to it.
The immediate aim was to eject the Taliban from power, and to capture or kill the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his supporters whom the Taliban were sheltering. The decade-long war that followed, first against the Taliban regime, then against Taliban insurgents, is one of the most controversial conflicts of recent times.
It has also seen the deployment of thousands of coalition troops and a huge range of modern military equipment, and these are the main focus of Anthony Tucker-Jones's account. He covers the entire course of the conflict, from the initial air war, the battle for the White Mountains and Tora Bora, the defeat of the Taliban, the escape of bin Laden and the grim protracted security campaign that followed – an asymmetrical war of guerrilla tactics and improvised explosive devices that is going on today.
This new addition to the Modern Warfare series follows a popular format with an excellent selection of images being supported by introductory and caption text. Once again, the images are the main driver for the book, but this is deceptive. The text packs in a great deal of information and the book covers all of the aspects of this lengthy conflict. Stealth aircraft to the infantryman make this a very complex operation and also a fairly unique combat environment. A very useful addition to available knowledge on the shape of current asymmetric warfare.FIRE Project
This book sets out the history and the prospects in a clear and easily followed way. The information gap that has existed in very dangerous as international relations become more fragile and unpredictable. Books like this new title provide a valuable service in correcting the knowledge gaps. Highly recommended.Firetrench