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on 24 June 2013
For someone who had a very negative view of the iraq war because of all the media activity i wanted to know what was really going on behind the scenes, and in particular what our boys were up to and why our involvement lasted so long... it was clear the British army were almost fighting with one hand behind their backs and after reading Tim Collins' account of his time there- which turned into a farce where he was scapegoated by someone to save face -(thankfully exonerated and given an OBE), I was left with even more questions. Mark Urban's book gave a broader account which showed how our special forces worked flat out to put a lid on the insurgency and sectarian conflict which ripped Iraq apart after the fall of Hussain....

The book is very detailed both on a strategic level, shows the respect our cousins the US special forces have for the SAS at the highest levels, but also makes the very complex social, political and cultural issues facing US/UK forces, which were compounded by the problems in the UK at a political level understandable... there are eye witness accounts of Special forces raids by some of the operators involved, and the involvement of the main characters behind the planning, Graeme Lamb, Stanley McChrystal and General Petraeus are highlighted and explained....

The book was throughly checked out by the MOD so there are no banana skins to worry about. It has been informative, easy to read and at times gripping and has tranformed my view of the Iraqi conflict and our role there in a big way.
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on 11 August 2016
Very Interesting! Not delved into Iraq operations before. Great stuff about the Special Forces operations themselves but would have liked more about how those guys felt, lived and did their job. The descriptions of the teamwork achieved with the Americans was good to find but the politics within the UK SF and the evidence given of lack of medium and long term planning at national /international level just makes you wonder and get depressed; especially about the loss of life of the Iraqi population.
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on 21 March 2013
This really is a first class book, analysing the tensions and conflicting demands imposed on the UK's special forces operating in Iraq. Urban writes with authority, balance and candour. The book is extremely well researched and provides extraordinary insights into the fascinating world of special ops. I cannot rate it highly enough. It should be required reading for all those attending staff college.
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on 1 March 2015
Having lived in Bhagdad for 6 years.This tbook has painted a realy acurate and moving account of the struggle to get Iraq and its wonderful people to some form of order.
My heart has gone out to the armed forces and the peace loving sections of the Iraq population.
The book is well written and im sure its given a very accurzte account of life in Iraq during this horrific war.
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on 2 May 2017
A little dry, doesn't go into details of the brave men, more of an overall operation book
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on 12 July 2017
Great book couldn't put it down 5*
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on 18 March 2017
Excellent
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on 8 November 2012
Another brilliantly researched piece of work , as I have come to expect from Mark Urban. For the serious reader, rather than those looking for an adventure story. Read in one sitting. I recommend.
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on 12 August 2016
A thrilling, excellently written insight into Task Force Black and the operations against extremists in the harshest of environments. Our boys kick ass!
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on 19 September 2015
good
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