By Sean NaylorCommand refused to devote the forces required to accomplish overall victory in Afghanistan. as a substitute, they delegated accountability for struggling with the war's largest battle-one which could have damaged Al Qaeda and captured Osama bin Laden-to a hodge-podge of devices thrown jointly on the final second.
At sunrise on March 2, 2002, America's first significant conflict of the twenty first century all started. Over 2 hundred infantrymen of the a hundred and first Airborne and tenth Mountain Divisions flew into Afghanistan's Shahikot valley-and into the mouth of a buzz observed. They have been approximately to pay a bloody expense for strategic, higher-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's energy and willingness to struggle.
Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the conflict, information the mess ups of army intelligence and making plans, and vividly portrays the outstanding heroism of those younger, untested U.S. squaddies. Denied the additional infantry, artillery, and assault helicopters with which they proficient to visit battle, those troops however proved their worthy in brutal strive against and-along with the outstanding bold of a small staff of U.S. commandos-prevented an American army catastrophe.