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Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
by Doug Stanton
by Doug Stanton
Oct 22, 10
Read from September 15 to October 01, 2010
I can imagine this book being made into a movie. It's the story of the first U.S. soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11. A few elite Special Forces teams were sent into Afghanistan in secret to work with Northern Alliance warlords to defeat the Taliban. Because of the country's extreme terrain, the Afghan soldiers rode horses to fight. The U.S. soldiers, some of whom had never ridden a horse before, were expected to ride along. Staying in caves under very primitive conditions, the U.S. soldiers assisted the Afghans by calling in bomb strikes to weaken the Taliban using sophisticated GPS and laser technology. In what the book called a "Flintstones meets the Jetsons" juxtaposition of old and new technology, the horse soldiers then rode in to fight on the ground using 19th-century-style tactics. Amazingly, the combined forces quickly reduced the Taliban's position. The final section of the book details a fight at a prison where a number of Taliban soldiers overcame their guards before the uprising was quelled. The action scenes are quite readable, but the first few chapters of the book spend a lot of time giving life stories of the many soldiers involved - although interesting this broke up the action and by profiling so many people it was really hard to keep everyone straight. The book provides lots of insight on the Afghan situation and admirably portrays the commitment of these Special Forces soldiers. It's too bad the gains that were achieved then have not been lasting as the U.S. nears its 10-year anniversary of being involved in this conflict.
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