By Eric Blehm
On a moonless evening simply weeks after September eleven, 2001, U.S. designated Forces staff ODA 574 infiltrates the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a doubtless very unlikely challenge: to foment a tribal insurrection and strength the Taliban to give up. Armed completely with the gear they could keep on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla war, Captain Jason Amerine and his males don't have any selection yet to belief their merely best friend, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai who has again from exile and is being hunted via the Taliban as he travels the geographical region elevating a armed forces. the one factor worthy loss of life For chronicles crucial undertaking within the early days of the worldwide warfare on Terror, while the lads at the flooring knew little concerning the enemy—and their commanders in Washington knew even much less. With extraordinary entry to surviving individuals of ODA 574, key struggle planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning writer Eric Blehm cuts during the noise of politicians and high-level army officers to relate for the 1st time a narrative of unusual bravery and negative sacrifice, in detail exposing the realities of unconventional battle and nation-building in Afghanistan that proceed to form the quarter this day.
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Extra info for The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan
Captain Amerine,” he said, “I do not believe that anyone can win a war in Afghanistan. ” That same day at Fort Campbell, Kentucky,* Amerine’s company commander, Major Chris Miller, strode across the block belonging to 5th Special Forces Group. S. military, each focused on a different geographic area of the globe with the sole purpose of supporting the fifty-four ODAs assigned to it. There are six ODAs—each led by a captain—to a company, led by a major; three companies to a battalion, led by a lieutenant colonel; and three battalions to a Special Forces group, led by a colonel.
Amerine thought through his next move. He doubted Casper’s story about being ordered to take the three Delta Force soldiers, and questioned his motives: Was he attempting to bring along bodyguards for Karzai? But if they postponed the infiltration, Amerine’s commander, who had voiced reservations about the mission in the first place, might cancel it entirely. Maybe that was Casper’s agenda: gum things up enough to scrub the mission and keep Karzai stranded in Pakistan. All that really mattered was getting Karzai into Afghanistan.
During the Soviet occupation, Karzai’s five brothers and one sister had emigrated to Western countries while he finished his master’s degree in international relations and political science at India’s Himachal University. In 1983 he returned to Afghanistan, where his knowledge of English, French, Dari, Pashto, Persian, Urdu, and Hindi helped him to channel funds and weapons to the Mujahideen in their war with the Soviet Union. After the Soviets retreated in February 1989, Karzai, then thirty-one, served the newly established Mujahideen government as deputy foreign minister.