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Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man Hardcover – October 6, 2008
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“A riveting account of one of the most important—but also least understood—battles in the war on terror.” —Time
The mission was to kill the most wanted man in the world—one of such magnitude that it couldn’t be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. The task was handed to roughly forty members of America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit: the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force. This is the true story of one Delta Force commander’s hunt to
KILL BIN LADEN
The first eyewitness account of the Battle of Tora Bora, this is also the first book to detail just how close Delta Force came to capturing bin Laden, how close U.S. bombers and fighter aircraft came to killing him, and exactly why he slipped through our fingers. With KILL BIN LADEN, Dalton Fury offers an extremely rare inside look at one of the most important special operations missions of all time.
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Fury was the leader of an elite Delta Force unit inserted into Afghanistan with the sole mission of finding bin laden and then killing him. Not an easy mission but certainly clear enough. No ambiguity here. As Dalton and Hunt point out, not only was there interference from up the chain of command in disallowing mission options, but the Delta Force was paired with Afghan fighters that were very thin in their commitment of finding bin laden. It is a paradox that the mission seemed doomed almost from the start and yet came very close to succeeding. Dalton maintains that they may have come within a few meters of actually killing b. l. The cave the team thought b. l. was in was targeted and successfully bombed. Later, teams searched the area for b.l. body parts but none was ever found. After reading Kill bin laden, one has to wonder whether our leaders really wanted b. l. found and dispensed with.Read more ›
This is a very fine first person account with ample detail that I for one found very rewarding and worthy of both my time and money (the book is very reasonably priced). The reader will benefit from first reading the reviews of the books I list at the end--one would never know from this account that Rumsfeld gave the Pakistani's an air corridor to evacuate 3000 Taliban overnight from Tora Bora, that the Navy was certain they killed Bin Laden, or that General Franks refused to put a battalion of Rangers on the back door (the author does tell us of his understanding that President Bush personally ruled that the back door belonged to the "trusted" Pakistanis).
The author tries hard to be nice to intelligence, but his true bottom line is captured in his description of what they had for him:
1) It's winter in Afghanistan
2) Bin Laden can ride a horse
We all know they had more than that--even with a US Senator blowing the fact that we were listening to Bin Laden's cell phones and satellite phones--but the reality is that CIA could meet with the warlords but did not have actual people within the tribes and on the ground as the Pakistani ISI did.
The author also makes clear that it was just as hard to figure out the friendly situation as it was the enemy situation. From where I sit, "total battlefield awareness" is a pipe dream--a fraud--and it's time we started refocusing on humans that can live up to the Gunny Poole "Tiger's Way."
Here I my notes, ending with my conclusions and ten books I recommend in partnership with this one.Read more ›
A few observations:
1. The Afghans have this reputation of being such tough fighters through their battles with the Soviet Union during the 80's. Yet, when the local Afghan militia's are assigned as "guides" to DF, they fired their weapons aimlessly and only fought in battles from dusk to dawn(they go home at night giving up any ground won during the day).
2. The Afghan warlords became multi-millionaires with all the money the CIA threw at them , but their loyalties were never reliable because they could also have been bought out by Al Qaida(one of the theories for Bin Laden's escape). Relying on these individuals really provided a low chance of success. Even with these knuckleheads, the Detla still took names and kicked.......
There were a few negative's in the book. One, without fault of the author, is the lack of detail of Delta Force training. Because it is such a secretive unit, no details can be given as to the type training that they receive(That would be an interesting read). Second, the author gives several theories as to how Bin Laden escaped rather than having solid intelligence. Maybe I was naive, but in buying the book I figured he would have had a more certain idea as to what happened to Bin Laden. On this issue, the author seems to fault himself for not getting Osama, and he was very close(radio chatter). But they never really had solid facts as to whether they were actually that close
The author references Gary Schroen's version of Tora Bora, a great read called "First In" giving the CIA account. This book was much better than "Lone Survivor" and avoided any political bantering. Overall, a good read and would definately recommend
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Well written first person view of the beginning of the war on Terroism . Give s you an understanding of what happened and why it happenedPublished 1 month ago by Jb
Now that UBL is no more and with 20/20 hindsight, we know the fake 2 day truce forced on Delta by a corrupt warlord was the chance for UBL to exit to Pakistan. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Taylor