Special Forces in the War on Terror

Special Forces in the War on Terror

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  • Author: Leigh Neville
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 May 2015
  • Number of Pages: 336
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Within weeks of 9/11, United States Special Operations Forces were dropping into Afghanistan to lead the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. For over a decade special forces have been fighting a hidden war in Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, Mali and Afghanistan, facing off against a range of insurgents from organisations like al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Taliban. Leigh Neville draws on recently declassified material and first-hand-accounts from his SOF contacts to lift the veil of secrecy from these operations, giving an unprecedented blow-by-blow description of major Special Forces operations, culminating in SEAL Team 6's Operation Neptune Spear and the killing of Osama bin Laden. Detailing the special equipment, tactics, machinery and training that these Special Operatives received and used this impressive volume shows how the world's elite soldiers fought against overwhelming odds around the world.

Biographical Note

Leigh Neville is an Australian national who has written a number of books on both modern conventional military units and special operations forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, their weapons and their vehicles including six titles for Osprey with several more in development. He has also consulted on military topics for several wargame companies and television documentary makers. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two dogs. He can be contacted via his website at www.leighneville.com.


Chapter 1: Introduction - The World Before 9
Chapter 2: Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan 2001-2002
Chapter 3: Iraqi Freedom - Iraq 2003
Chapter 4: Countering Insurgency - Afghanistan 2002-2009, Iraq 2003-2011, and the Philippines 2002 onward
Chapter 5: Industrial Counterterrorism - Hunting al-Qaeda in Iraq 2003-2012
Chapter 6: Kill or Capture - Afghanistan 2006-2014
Chapter 7: New Theaters - Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Mali, and Syria
Chapter 8:The Long War
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