Monday, March 23, 2009

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton

Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton, available May 5, 2009.

Simon & Shuster, Description:






From the New York Times-bestselling author of In Harm's Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory.

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.

The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators, and overjoyed Afghans thronged the streets. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, they fought for their lives in the city's immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the effort to defeat the Taliban might be doomed. Keep Reading Here.

When this happened, I was watching it being reported in the news. I was captivated by the response of our Military right after 9/11. I was fascinated, and impressed. I am looking forward to the release of this book. I do intend on buying a copy. I wish I could get it autographed by the men who rode into American and Afghan history. Never bet against American Military's Ingenuity, they adapt, improvise and innovate. AG Eric Holder saying some of the NON Enemy Combatants might be released into America. This is a book about the Men who fought those NON Enemy Combatants

Someone needs to send our AG Eric Holder a copy, given his recent statements about Americans being cowards, and the plans to close Gitmo. Where would those non enemy combatants be relocated?
Some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners could be released into the United States while others could be put on trial in the American court system, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. Keep Reading Here.


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