Task Force Black: The explosive true story of the SAS and the secret war in Iraq

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Little, Brown Book Group, Feb 18, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

When British and American forces invaded Iraq in April 2003, their intelligence operations got to work looking for the WMD their governments had promised us were there. They quickly realised no such weapons existed. Instead they become faced with an ever-increasing spiral of extremism and violence that was almost impossible to understand, let alone contain.

This book tells the story of what happened next, one of the most dramatic and sustained operations in our recent military history. Up against the wall, under the aegis of the joint forces commanded by Major General McChrystal, our men moved into action using the wide variety of aircraft and weaponry at their disposal. Combining intelligence with brute force, the SAS went on the attack, night after night targeting Al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups with an intensity never before practiced by the service, destroying the terrorist threat and saving lives.

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Occasionally hard to follow due to plethora of units, affiliations and names, and this being a multi-sided conflict, approaching Hobbes' bellum omnium contra omnes: conventional forces, paras,SAS,SBS ... Read full review

TASK FORCE BLACK: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq

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Brawny subtitle aside, BBC Newsnight diplomatic and defense editor Urban (Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution, 2007, etc.) takes a cerebral approach to ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Mark Urban is Diplomatic and Defence Editor for Newsnight. He is the author Big Boys' Rules, Rifles and Fuslilers

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