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Al-qaeda's Great Escape (English) (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9788170492610    Publisher: Manas Publications Year of publishing: 2005     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 228        
GREAT ESCAPE UNVEILED: HOW OSAMA OUTSMARTED AMERICAN STRATEGISTS Why hasn't Osama bin Laden been brought to justice? What happened in Afghanistan after September 11th? In AL QAEDA'S GREAT ESCAPE: The Military...Read more
GREAT ESCAPE UNVEILED: HOW OSAMA OUTSMARTED AMERICAN STRATEGISTS Why hasn't Osama bin Laden been brought to justice? What happened in Afghanistan after September 11th? In AL QAEDA'S GREAT ESCAPE: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail (April 19 2004 Brassey's Inc.) Philip Smucker a respected foreign correspondent who broke the story of Osama bin Laden's escape from Afghanistan in 2001 reveals how bin Laden and scores of other highly trained Al Qaeda fighters managed to slip unnoticed out of eastern Afghanistan despite the presence of the overwhelming U.S. military power that helped oust the Taliban. Smucker explains how the Bush administration's push to achieve early and visible successes to satisfy the public's need for vengeance led to a shortchanging of long-term strategy. Impatience at the top from mostly civilian policymakers forced a rush into a war aimed primarily at "regime change " but it left the U.S. military largely empty-handed when it came to capturing its Al Qaeda prey. In Al Qaeda's Great Escape Smucker follows the escape route on foot by jeep and by mule through dusty villages and frigid mountain passes to tell an intriguing story of what really happened at the battle of Tora Bora and Operation Anaconda. He describes the heavy bombing of the Tora Bora redoubt beginning in October 2001 which served only to alienate the very tribesmen that the Pentagon had been hoping to win over. He details the behind-the-scenes deal making between Afghans and Arabs that had assisted bin Laden and his top lieutenants in their escapes. The book also includes interviews with U.S. forces and their commanders as well as a first-ever published account and frank assessment of the successes and failures of the campaign from the top ground commander for U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. The author documents the turn of events at Operation Anaconda in January and February of 2002 as the enemy learns to respect the power of the U.S. war machine. Nevertheless a flawed battle plan driven by strategists eager for quick results contributes to the fresh escape of hundreds of Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Smucker charges that during our conflict in Afghanistan western media outlets eager to satisfy their audience's thirst for revenge and blinded by their own patriotic feelings began losing their grasp on journalistic objectivity. Subject to an unhealthy reliance on the Pentagon's official press releases the media portrayed events that did not reflect the reality on the ground in Afghanistan. Smucker witnessed his fellow colleagues as they often disregarded manipulated and misinterpreted the information available to them. Al Qaeda's Great Escape: The Military and the Media on Terror's Trail provides both a powerful and needed account of the truth behind enemy lines and a stunning look at how the U.S. fell short of the victory claimed by both the media and the military.
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About the author: Philip G. Smucker
PHILIP SMUCKER has spent the last sixteen years as an overseas reporter covering conflicts in Burma Cambodia Haiti Bosnia Serbia Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
PHILIP SMUCKER has spent the last sixteen years as an overseas reporter covering conflicts in Burma Cambodia Haiti Bosnia Serbia Afghanistan and Iraq. He currently writes for U.S. News and World Report and the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. Smucker broke the story of bin Laden's escape from Afghanistan in the Christian Science Monitor in December 2001. In connection with his reporting in Afghanistan Smucker appeared on Good Morning America The Today Show Chris Matthews's Hardball ABC's Nightline CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports and other television programs. Smucker resides in Cairo Egypt.
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