Baghdad at Sunrise

A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300142633

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 423

View: 3648

An on-the-ground commander describes his brigade's first year in Iraq after the U.S. forces seized Baghdad in the spring of 2003, and explains what went right and wrong as the U.S. military confronted an insurgency, in a firsthand analysis of success and failure in Iraq.

Armed Forces and Insurgents in Modern Asia

Author: Kaushik Roy,Sourish Saha

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317231937

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 1680

This volume traces the historical roots and evolution of insurgencies and counter-insurgencies in modern Asia. Focusing on armed rebellions and use of armed forces by both Western powers and indigenous states from the nineteenth century till present day, the volume unravels the problematic of change–continuity and addresses key questions on the nature of warfare. The book looks at eight different regions of Asia: US counter-insurgencies in Philippines; the British initiative in Indonesia and independent Indonesia’s counter-insurgency against its domestic populace; post-World War II Malaya; French and US war in Vietnam; British and Indian counter-insurgencies in North-East India between the nineteenth and early twenty-first century; Indian and Sri Lankan operations in Sri Lanka during late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries; British and US-NATO war in Afghanistan from the nineteenth century till 2014; and British and US counter-insurgency in Iraq during the twentieth and first two decades of the twenty-first centuries. The volume will greatly interest scholars and researchers of modern Asian history, military and strategic studies, politics and international relations as well as government institutions and think-tanks.

Surge

My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300172354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 341

View: 9514

A member of General David Petraeus' personal staff provides the first full insider account of the troop surge in Iraq.

Im toten Winkel

Tagebuch eines jungen US-Soldaten

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838706773

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6272

Nach dem 11. September 2001 meldet sich der junge Amerikaner Robin Perry freiwillig zum Einsatz im Irak. Seine Einheit für Civil Affairs soll das Vertrauen der Einheimischen gewinnen. Doch die Realität des Krieges sieht anders aus, eine Unterscheidung zwischen Freund und Feind ist kaum möglich. Robin und seinen Kameraden bleiben oft nur Sekunden, um über Leben und Tod zu entscheiden...

Military Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Military art and science

Page: N.A

View: 8572

The Gamble

General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006 - 2008

Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141910410

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 7116

Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, The Gamble is the definitive account of the insurgency within the US military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy in Iraq - and the bloody implementation of that strategy on the ground. In his international bestseller Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks gave us the definitive reckoning with what went so wrong in Iraq. The story The Gamble tells is how, when the war was at its darkest hour, a group of dissident junior commanders and their civilian allies did an end run around their superiors in the military establishment and seized control of the war. The result was "the Surge," one of the American military's boldest strategic gambles since the landings at Inchon. General David Petraeus gave military expert Thomas E. Ricks extraordinary privileged access to himself and his team during the past two years, and the result is a chronicle of astonishing vividness and analytical depth. It is the story of military leadership in the crucible of war, under excruciating political pressure at home. It is also the story of the soldiers who executed the strategy out in the field. Ricks concludes that the war likely will last for many years to come - and that it will not be remembered for the reasons we think.

Mirage

Roman

Author: Matt Ruff

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423419873

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 8093

Jetzt als eBook Das Attentat erschüttert die Vereinigten Arabischen Staaten bis ins Mark: Am 9.11.2001 fliegen zwei Flugzeuge in die Türme des Welthandelszentrums von Bagdad, ein drittes ins arabische Verteidigungsministerium in Riad, ein viertes stürzt in der Wüste ab. Die wirtschaftliche Supermacht sagt dem Terror den Kampf an und besetzt die Ostküste von Amerika – ein Entwicklungsland und die mutmaßliche Heimat der Terroristen. Doch acht Jahre später behauptet ein verhafteter Attentäter Unglaubliches: In Wahrheit seien nicht die Arabischen Staaten die Großmacht, sondern Amerika!

Daily Report

Soviet Union

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Soviet Union

Page: N.A

View: 3753

Barefoot in Baghdad

A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos

Author: Manal Omar

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402237294

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 1678

"Walk barefoot and the thorns will hurt you…" —Iraqi-Turkmen proverb A riveting story of hope and despair, of elation and longing, Barefoot in Baghdad takes you to the front lines of a different kind of battle, where the unsung freedom fighters are strong, vibrant—and female. An American aid worker of Arab descent, Manal Omar moves to Iraq to help as many women as she can rebuild their lives. She quickly finds herself drawn into the saga of a people determined to rise from the ashes of war and sanctions and rebuild their lives in the face of crushing chaos. This is a chronicle of Omar's friendships with several Iraqis whose lives are crumbling before her eyes. It is a tale of love, as her relationship with one Iraqi man intensifies in a country in turmoil. And it is the heartrending stories of the women of Iraq, as they grapple with what it means to be female in a homeland you no longer recognize. "Manal Omar captures the complex reality of living and working in war-torn Iraq, a reality that tells the story of love and hope in the midst of bombs and explosions."—Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International, and author (with Laurie Becklund) of the national bestselling book Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam "A fascinating, honest, and inspiring portrait of a women's rights activist in Iraq, struggling to help local women while exploring her own identity. Manal Omar is a skilled guide into Iraq, as she understands the region, speaks Arabic, and wears the veil. At turns funny and tragic, she carries a powerful message for women, and delivers it through beautiful storytelling."—Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family and Survival in the New Iraq "At turns funny and tragic…a powerful message for women, [delivered] through beautiful storytelling."—Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War

From Bunker Hill to Baghdad: True Stories of America's Veterans

Author: Patrick Mendoza

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598844679

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 7346

These compelling, enlightening, and often highly personal experiences tell stories of average citizens as well as historical figures who made huge sacrifices by serving in the military, giving the reader new perspectives on war, and its real costs. • Provides stories from male and female veterans, family and friends, and others involved in the wartime experience throughout U.S. history, all told from a unique framework, making these tales ones that readers will find engaging and unforgettable • Underscores the lesson that in war—as in civilian life—oftentimes one person's decisive actions or bravery can change history and significantly affect the lives of many • Supplies tales with humor as well as ones that recount somber events, such as a story told by an individual who stole the president's jeep during WWII

Ballad for Baghdad

An Ex-Hippie Chick Viet Nam War Protester's Three Years in Iraq

Author: Ali Elizabeth Turner

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614484007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 9651

“Want to know the real story of the war in Iraq? This is it. I love this book!” (New York Times–bestselling author Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson) In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ali Turner was a fully committed anti-war protestor. Caught up in the wave of aggressive activism that swept through the nation’s college campuses Ali, in her own words, “passionately wanted to see America destroyed.” Decades later, she was stirred to action once again. This time as a fierce supporter of the military, living in a combat zone in an increasingly unpopular war. From 2004 to 2007, Ali had the chance of a lifetime to atone for the past and say a belated “thank you” for her freedom by working in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation centers in Baghdad. She heard the courageous and compassionate stories of hundreds of Iraqis, Coalition soldiers, Navy SEALS, interpreters, Army Rangers, and contractors from around the world. She was in Baghdad for the return of Iraq to the Iraqis, three Iraqi elections, and Saddam’s trial and execution. An inspiring new perspective on Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ballad for Baghdad is an “endearing and spiritual story about self-redemption” written by a woman on an unforgettable, three-year odyssey on the frontlines (Major Sean Michael Flynn, author of The Fighting 69th).

Sunrise at Abadan

The British and Soviet Invasion of Iran, 1941

Author: Richard Anthony Stewart

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 291

View: 8110

Sunrise at Abadan portrays the dramatic events leading to the United States' deep involvement in Iran and sets the historic stage for the current crisis in the Persian Gulf region. It traces the ebb and flow of Anglo-Russian rivalry over Persia from the reign of Peter the Great to World War II. Stewart describes the rise to power of the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and the events leading to the U.S. and Soviet confrontation over Iran in 1946. Carefully documented, his book raises important legal and moral questions about Allied actions while depicting the fate of a small but proud nation caught in a highstakes game of geopoliical intrigue, doublecross, and shifting alliances.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 334

Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

The GI Offensive in Europe

The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945

Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 8616

This book provides a comprehensive study of America's infantry combat performance in Europe during World War II, showing that the Army succeeded by developing combat effective divisions that could not only fight and win battles but also sustain that effort over years of combat. While American industry admittedly enabled the United States to sustain its overseas armies, the effectiveness of those forces ultimately rested on their organizational capabilities and ability to adapt to combat in a variety of lethal environments and to learn from their mistakes. Mansoor also takes a close look at the personalities and capabilities of division commanders, infantry tactics and operations, logistics, and the benefits and weaknesses of stateside training.

Die siebte Sprachfunktion

Author: Laurent Binet

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644055017

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 8396

Binets erster Roman «HHhH» gewann 2010 den Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, und sein neuer Roman «Die siebte Sprachfunktion» gewann 2015 den Prix Interallié und den Prix du Roman Fnac. Es ist ein Krimi mit Poststrukturalisten. Paris, Frühjahr 1980: Roland Barthes wird von einem bulgarischen Wäschelieferanten überfahren. Barthes kommt von einem Essen mit dem Kandidaten für das Amt des Ministerpräsidenten, François Mitterrand, und trägt ein Manuskript unter dem Arm. Ein Passant, Michel Foucault, wird Zeuge des Unfalls und behauptet, es war Mord. Der Tod des Autors ist für Kommissar Bayard ein Rätsel. Er mischt sich unter die Poststrukturalisten, besucht Vorlesungen von Foucault und hört Vorträge von Julia Kristeva, Philippe Sollers, Jacques Derrida und anderen. Da er nichts versteht, macht er den jungen Sprachwissenschaftler Simon Herzog zu seinem Assistenten. Der Roman ist auch ein Gesellschaftsporträt des Frankreichs der achtziger Jahre. Bayard ermittelt unter den Nach-Achtundsechzigern, die er nicht ausstehen kann, diesen linken Nichtsnutzen, die mit Joints und langen Haaren vor der Uni herumlungern und mit lüsternen Professoren, die von sexueller Freiheit labern und sich unzüchtig benehmen, Frankreichs Kultur gefährden. Das Manuskript, das Barthes bei sich hatte, bleibt spurlos verschwunden. Auch der bulgarische Geheimdienst interessiert sich dafür. Ein bulgarischer Mörder greift Simon Herzog mit einer vergifteten Regenschirmspitze an. Aber im letzten Moment wird Herzog von zwei Japanern gerettet. Sie sind ebenfalls hinter dem Manuskript her. Eine heiße Spur führt zu dem italienischen Semiotiker Umberto Eco. Also bewegt sich der Tross – Kommissar und Assistent, Bulgaren und Japaner, nach Italien. Die Reise geht noch lange weiter, sie führt sogar auf einen amerikanischen Campus, wo Foucault über die Sexualität der Elefanten philosophiert. Das Manuskript, das alle haben wollen, beschreibt die siebte Sprachfunktion (in Anlehnung an Roman Jakobsons Standardwerk der Linguistik über die sechs Sprachfunktionen). Die siebte Funktion, die Binet Roland Barthes erfinden lässt, gibt Politikern die rhetorischen Mittel an die Hand, öffentliche Rededuelle und damit auch die Wahlen zu gewinnen. Könnte Mitterrand damit an die Macht gelangen?

Hybrid Warfare

Fighting Complex Opponents from the Ancient World to the Present

Author: Williamson Murray,Peter R. Mansoor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107026083

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 5392

Hybrid warfare has been an integral part of the historical landscape since the ancient world, but only recently have analysts - incorrectly - categorised these conflicts as unique. Great powers throughout history have confronted opponents who used a combination of regular and irregular forces to negate the advantage of the great powers' superior conventional military strength. As this study shows, hybrid wars are labour-intensive and long-term affairs; they are difficult struggles that defy the domestic logic of opinion polls and election cycles. Hybrid wars are also the most likely conflicts of the twenty-first century, as competitors use hybrid forces to wear down America's military capabilities in extended campaigns of exhaustion. Nine historical examples of hybrid warfare, from ancient Rome to the modern world, provide readers with context by clarifying the various aspects of conflicts and examining how great powers have dealt with them in the past.

Travels in Asia and Africa

Including a Journey from Scanderoon to Aleppo, and Over the Desert to Bagdad and Bussora, a Voyage from Bussora to Bombay, and Along the Western Coast of India, a Voyage from Bombay to Mocha and Suez in the Red Sea, and a Journey from Suez to Cairo and Rosetta, in Egypt

Author: Abraham Parsons

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Africa, North

Page: 346

View: 6253

Grand Strategy and Military Alliances

Author: Peter R. Mansoor,Williamson Murray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316483460

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 6025

Alliances have shaped grand strategy and warfare since the dawn of civilization. Indeed, it is doubtful that the United States of America would have gained its independence without its Revolutionary War alliance with France. Such alliances may prove even more important to international security in the twenty-first century. Economic and financial difficulties alone will ensure that policy makers attempt to spread the burden of securing vital interests onto other nations through alliances, both formal organizations such as NATO and informal alliances of convenience as developed to wage the Gulf War in 1991. A team of leading historians examine the problems inherent in alliance politics and relationships in the framework of grand strategy through the lens of history. Aimed at not just the military aspects of alliances, the book uncovers the myriad factors that have made such coalitions succeed or fail in the past.

Blackwater

Der Aufstieg der mächtigsten Privatarmee der Welt

Author: Jeremy Scahill

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3888978548

Category: History

Page: 351

View: 7089

Kaum jemand hatte von der Firma Blackwater gehört, als am 16. September 2007 im Irak 17 Zivilisten erschossen wurden – von einem Söldnertrupp. Schnell stellte sich heraus, dass sie zu einer Art Privatarmee gehörten, die im Irak und anderswo für die USA Krieg führt, unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit und immun gegen Strafverfolgung. Blackwater: die mächtigste militärische Dienst­leis­tungsfirma der Welt. Ihr Gründer Erik Prince, Multimillionär und christlicher Fundamentalist, hat beste Kontakte zur Regierung. Und erkennt nach dem 11. September 2001, wie viel Geld sich mit dem »Outsourcing« militärischer Leistungen verdienen lässt: Bushs »Krieg gegen den Terror« ist die Steilvorlage für den kometenhaften Aufstieg der Firma. Blackwaters Elitesoldaten schützen US-Politiker und Geschäftsleute im Irak – gegen ein Gehalt, von dem GIs nur träumen können. Blackwater kann bei Bedarf Truppen und eine Flugzeugflotte zur Verfügung stellen, groß genug, Regierungen zu stürzen. Blackwaters Söldner bewachen Öl-Pipelines, seine »Sicherheitskräfte« patrouillierten nach Katrina in den Straßen von New Orleans. Doch erst jetzt fällt dem US-Kongress auf, dass die martialischen Rambos keinerlei parlamentarischer Kontrolle, keiner Gerichtsbarkeit unterliegen. Mit seiner glänzend recherchierten Geschichte der Firma Blackwater zeigt Jeremy Scahill überzeugend auf, welche Gefahren der Demokratie drohen, wenn die Regierung ihr Gewaltmonopol privatisiert.