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First Casualty: The Untold Story of the Battle That Began the War in Afghanistan

First Casualty: The Untold Story of the Battle That Began the War in Afghanistan (Trade Paperback / Paperback, UK Airports)

By Harnden, Toby

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Bestselling and Orwell Prize-winning author Toby Harnden tells the gripping and incredible story of the six-day battle that began the War in Afghanistan and how it set the scene for twenty years of conflict. On the 11th of September 2001, the World Trade Center in New York was at...tacked. In the aftermath, the US declared a 'War on Terror' and within two months had sent troops to Afghanistan, which was suspected of harbouring al-Qaeda operatives. In late November, coalition forces were stationed in the ancient fort of Qala-i-Janghi, assisting the CIA in interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects, when hundreds of men from the surrounding areas surrendered to the soldiers. The soldiers had respected local customs of respect by not searching them, but what they did not know was that the prisoners were armed and determined to send a message to the invading forces. What ensued was six days of fighting that would prove to be one of the bloodiest of the War, a ferocious fight for survival in a dusty outpost facing a fearless enemy, and a death that would never be forgotten. In the first ever account of a battle that came to define the occupation in Afghanistan, war reporter Toby Harnden tells the gripping story of what happened in those fateful days and explains how it would lead to two decades of war and the terrorism-plagued world we have today.
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ISBN 9781787396432
Released NZ 19 Oct 2021
Publisher Welbeck Publishing Group
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, UK Airports
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ISBN-13 9781787396432
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Welbeck Publishing Group
Imprint Welbeck
Released 19 Oct 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, UK Airports
 › 1 other possible formats available
Edition UK Airports
Author(s) By Harnden, Toby
Category Asian / Middle Eastern history: postwar, from c 1945 -
Military History
International Relations
Terrorism, Freedom Fighters, Armed Struggle
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 958.1047373
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade