Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2005 - History - 336 pages
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Within hours of the September 11 attacks, Sean M. Maloney deciphered that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were the aggressors behind the despicable act. A war in Afghanistan then was inevitable. As a military historian, Maloney was determined to go there to study and record the events for posterity, if for no other reason than the education of his future students at Canada's Royal Military College. What resulted is an in-depth and up-close look at the planning stages, deployment, and aftermath of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In Enduring the Freedom, Maloney presents a rare on-the-spot view from such important locations as Kabul, Bagram, and Kandahar. He describes the American-led intervention in Afghanistan and the conduct of the war through early 2003, then discusses the events of 2003 from the three locales in detail. Some critics contend that the war in Afghanistan is another Vietnam. Maloney rebuts that appraisal, pointing out that as opposed to the vague language of the Vietnam era, American objectives were clearly stated for Afghanistan. Those objectives were: to destroy al Qaeda's networks, training camps, resources, and communication systems; to destroy any governmental entity providing support or sanctuary to al Qaeda; and to undertake reconstruction efforts to ensure international terrorists can never again use the country as a base. The first objective has more or less been achieved. How to accomplish the last two is still widely debated, and Maloney offers some insightful thoughts and opinions. Finally, he offers educated advice going forward in the hopeful completion of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
JUDGMENT DAY 911
PARTIWHY WE FIGHT
THE ORIGINS OF THE AFGHANISTAN INTERVENTION OF 2001
A PRIMER
KABUL
CARRY ON UZBEKISTAN MIT DIE LUFTWAFFE
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
FROM BAF TO KAF
KANDAHAR
A PSYOP WITH COLONEL P J
DINNER WITH THE WARLORD
LETS BLOW THE WHOLE THING UP
A CIVIC ACTION OR A CIVIL AFFAIR?
504TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION
DAYS 1 THROUGH 4

KABUL MULTINATIONAL BRIGADE OPERATIONS
ISAF PSYOPS
PODIETRY AND THE GERMAN FIELD HOSPITAL
AMBUSH
THE GEBIRGSJAEGERS IN KABUL
TRAINING THE ANA
SPECIAL OPS IN AND AROUND KABUL
OFF TO BAGRAM
BAGRAM
BAGRAM
SPECIAL OPERATIONS AT BAGRAM
DAYS 5 THROUGH 9
KANDAHAR
PARTVENDGAME
ENDGAME
EPILOGUE
NOTES
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Sean M. Maloney is Associate Professor in History at Royal Military College of Canada and taught in the War Studies Programme for ten years. He is currently the historical advisor to the Chief of the Land Staff for the war in Afghanistan. He previously served as the historian for 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade, the Canadian Army's primary Cold War NATO commitment, right after the re-unification of Germany and at the start of Canada's long involvement in the Balkans. Dr. Maloney has extensive field experience in that region, particularly in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia from 1995 to 2001. His work on the Balkans was interrupted by the 9-11 attacks and from 2001 Dr. Maloney has focused nearly exclusively on the war against the Al Qaeda movement and particularly on the Afghanistan component of that war. He has traveled regularly to Afghanistan since 2003 to observe coalition operations in that country.

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