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Taking Anbar : A Frontline Account of the Hunt for Iraq's Lethal Insurgency
by Michael J. Gifford


Overview - "There are two types of people in the military: administrators and operators. Administrators make themselves look busy. Operators get shit done." In this thought-provoking, politically incorrect book from Soldier of Fortune contributing writer Michael Gifford, Taking Anbar explores the absolute disbelief, sadness, humor, and rage of a First World army in a Third World conflict, as the US military entered its lethal contest for Al Anbar Province following the 2003 fall of Baghdad.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"There are two types of people in the military: administrators and operators. Administrators make themselves look busy. Operators get shit done." In this thought-provoking, politically incorrect book from Soldier of Fortune contributing writer Michael Gifford, Taking Anbar explores the absolute disbelief, sadness, humor, and rage of a First World army in a Third World conflict, as the US military entered its lethal contest for Al Anbar Province following the 2003 fall of Baghdad. While it has plenty of what you'd expect in the way of counterinsurgent operations, it's what you don't expect that shocks most readers: just how little thought military leadership put into life and death decisions, and how regular joes continually stepped up to do the near-impossible. Praised for its personal and often jaw-dropping descriptions of urban warfare in the now-infamous cities of Ramadi, Fallujah and Hit, Taking Anbar is the chronicle of the 94th Military Police Company's nearly two-year deployment from citizen to soldier and back again. Recipient of the U.S. Army's Valorous Unit Award, the 94th found itself in nearly every major tactical mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From the high profile counter-IED and convoy escort missions you've seen in the news, to the quieter work with Special Forces and intelligence teams few would ever experience until now, the 94th bore witness to a number of OIF's most significant operations and outcomes. An interesting take on how decisions are made-and often not made-in a campaign against a determined insurgency, it's poised to be one of the most definitive books on the Iraq War. "Make sure you don't have any plans for a few hours as I could not put it down." - SammyB "Great book...should be required reading for anyone studying Military Police Operations and small unit leadership." - James P. Hanebury "Spot on " - First, Fast, Fearless


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  • ISBN-13: 9781519677280
  • ISBN-10: 1519677286
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 474
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.95 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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