Special Operations Forces in Iraq

Special Operations Forces in Iraq

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By (author) Leigh Neville, Illustrated by Bujeiro Ramiro

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 244mm x 5mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846033578
  • ISBN 13: 9781846033575
  • Illustrations note: 58 COL
  • Sales rank: 323,740

Product description

In this companion volume to "Elite 163: Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan", Leigh Neville now turns his expert analysis to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the US and Coalition allies serving in Iraq since 2003. Filled with recently declassified material, first hand accounts, and unique photographs, this book offers a rare look at the largest mobilisation of Special Forces in recent history. Examining in detail the US Delta Force, the British SAS, Australian and Canadian Special Forces as well as CIA and MI6 operational units, this book provides a crucial study of their skills and success in Iraq, from the Battle of Debecka to storming the safe house of Uday Hussein. In a controversial war that has been plagued by high fatalities and military blunders, this book highlights the successes enjoyed by Special Forces Operatives.

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Author information

Leigh Neville is an Australian intelligence specialist who is currently studying for a degree in International Security. He has published a number of articles on the subject and has excellent contacts in the US, AUK and Australian special forces.

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"Leigh Neville's "Special Operations Forces in Iraq" draws on the author's SOF contacts in several countries and pack in recently declassified materials to offer first-hand accounts and photos of IRaw. Military collections strong in SOF history and modern warfare will find this a fine addition." -"The Bookwatch "(February 2009)""Special Operations Forces in Iraq, " by Leigh Neville, provides a brief, yet comprehensive overview of special operations forces (SOF) from around the world that have participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom... While that alone could easily fill up 64 pages, Neville still managed to squeeze in a rather thorough description of the operator's weaponry and kit (I'm talking right down to the brand of gloves worn). The book highlights the many SOF successes in Iraq, which like Afghanistan, has proven their significance in achieving strategic objectives in both modern and asymmetric warfare. Bottom line: The book is a must read for those interested in learning more about Special Operations Forces in Iraq." -"Shadowspear.com "(January 2009)"This book is not limited to US Delta forces in Iraq, but provides detail on Special Forces from other nations including Britain, Australia, and Canada. Equipment, clothing, and vehicles are key components included and color illustrations are provided by Richard Hook. However, the majority of the book is dedicated to detailing some of the recently uncovered operations conducted by the Special Forces since 2003. Much of the war has been criticized by the media and population in general; however, this text is able to accentuate the successes of those fighting behind enemy lines and often in highly dangerous situations. Packed full of color illustrations and photographs provided by those in the field, this is an excellent resource for those with a penchant for the military." -Timothy Baghurt, "The Traveler "(January 2009)