Covert Actions in the War on Terror


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Covert Actions In the War on Terror: An Analysis
Gary Schroen’s book First In presents revealing examples of early Global War on Terror covert operations in Afghanistan. As the leader of the Northern Afghanistan Liaison Team in September and October of 2001, Schroen played a critical role in coordinating CIA and Northern Alliance action against al Qaeda and the Taliban at a time when the U.S. military had only a minimal presence in Afghanistan and was only capable of providing sporadic and relatively ineffective air support.
Throughout his book, Schroen emphasizes the importance of expanding America’s covert action capabilities because the experiences of the intelligence community and armed forces since September 11, 2001...
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