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Operation Dragon

By R. James Woolsey,Ion Mihai Pacepa
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  • Publisher : Encounter Books
  • Isbn : 1641771461
  • Pages : 216
  • Category : Political Science
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Former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey and former Romanian acting spy chief Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who was granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1978, describe why Russia remains an extremely dangerous force in the world, and they finally and definitively put to rest the question of who killed President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. All evidence points to the fact that the assassination—carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald—was ordered by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, acting through what was essentially the Russian leader’s personal army, the KGB (now known as the FSB). This evidence, which is codified as most things in foreign intelligence are, has never before been jointly decoded by a top U.S. foreign intelligence leader and a former Soviet Bloc spy chief familiar with KGB patterns and codes. Meanwhile, dozens of conspiracy theorists have written books about the JFK assassination during the past fifty-six years. Most of these theories blame America and were largely triggered by the KGB disinformation campaign implemented in the intense effort to remove Russia’s own fingerprints that blamed in turn Lyndon Johnson, the CIA, secretive groups of American oilmen, Howard Hughes, Fidel Castro, and the Mafia. Russian propaganda sowed hatred and contempt for the U.S. quite effectively, and its operations have morphed into many forms, including the recruitment of global terror groups and the backing of enemy nation- states. Yet it was the JFK assassination, with its explosive aftermath of false conspiracy theories, that set the model for blaming America first.

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  • Publisher : Penguin
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Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. S., deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.S. was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan. Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s "Directorate S". This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.

The Other Face of Battle

By Wayne E. Lee,David L. Preston,Anthony E. Carlson,David Silbey
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0190920661
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 503
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Taking its title from The Face of Battle, John Keegan's canonical book on the nature of warfare, The Other Face of Battle illuminates the American experience of fighting in "irregular" and "intercultural" wars over the centuries. Sometimes known as "forgotten" wars, in part because they lacked triumphant clarity, they are the focus of the book. David Preston, David Silbey, and Anthony Carlson focus on, respectively, the Battle of Monongahela (1755), the Battle of Manila (1898), and the Battle of Makuan, Afghanistan (2020)--conflicts in which American soldiers were forced to engage in "irregular" warfare, confronting an enemy entirely alien to them. This enemy rejected the Western conventions of warfare and defined success and failure--victory and defeat--in entirely different ways. Symmetry of any kind is lost. Here was not ennobling engagement but atrocity, unanticipated insurgencies, and strategic stalemate. War is always hell. These wars, however, profoundly undermined any sense of purpose or proportion. Nightmarish and existentially bewildering, they nonetheless characterize how Americans have experienced combat and what its effects have been. They are therefore worth comparing for what they hold in common as well as what they reveal about our attitude toward war itself. The Other Face of Battle reminds us that "irregular" or "asymmetrical" warfare is now not the exception but the rule. Understanding its roots seems more crucial than ever.

Savage Avengers Vol. 3

By Gerry Duggan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Marvel Entertainment
  • Isbn : 1302936182
  • Pages : 136
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reads : 998
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Collects Savage Avengers (2019) #11-16. The terrible secret of Kulan Gath’s power is revealed! Can Doctor Strange and Elektra deal with this unbelievable horror? Speaking of horror, something is killing the Shuma-Goraths! That would usually be great news, but Kulan Gath thinks he’s finally figured out how to consume the elder god — and that’s bad news for our plane of existence! Strange and Elektra have a plan, though, and the Savage Avengers will assemble! Conan the Barbarian, Wolverine, Black Widow, Hellstrom, Brother Voodoo, Magik and more draw up a last-ditch battle plan — and Conan must wield a most unexpected weapon in the fight against darkness! When Kulan Gath’s plan involves the international drug trade, you can bet on the Punisher crashing the party — but what brings the Black Knight and the Juggernaut into the fray?

The Marine Corps and the State Department

By Leo J. Daugherty III
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 078645301X
  • Pages : 407
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 745
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This work is a complete history of the partnership between the Department of State and the United States Marine Corps. From its formation in 1775, the Corps developed a close working relationship with the diplomatic service of the Continental Congress and later, in 1798, with the newly created United States Department of State. The Marines accompanied U.S. diplomats to France in 1778 and worked closely with the State Department during the Barbary Wars and the opening of China. In 1905, an executive order by Theodore Roosevelt established a Marine Legation Guard, and the Corps played an increasingly important role in embassies across the globe. Today, the war on terrorism highlights this important relationship as Marines guard some of the most dangerous embassies in the world.

AH-64 Apache Units of Operations Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom

By Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1782007458
  • Pages : 96
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 332
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After the attacks on 11 September 2001, Apache units made significant contributions to the Coalition campaign against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Functioning as the 'killer' part of US Army Hunter-killer teams, Apaches sought out and brought overwhelming firepower to bear on Taliban and al-Qaeda forces, as well as providing direct support to Coalition troops on the ground. Apaches spearheaded the advance of the 3rd Infantry and the 101st airborne divisions into Iraq, engaging in some of the heaviest fighting along the western axis of advance. Weather and enemy fire took a heavy toll on Apaches operating in Western Iraq, but the resilience and flexibility of the Apache was central to the success of this campaign.

Dragon Fire

By Daniel L. Lawrence
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1462801080
  • Pages : 332
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 764
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“Dragon Fire” is a continuation of “Nice Day for Flyin’”. The story of Ian McIntyre and his ever increasing involvement in his father-in-law’s clandestine operation unit as a sharpshooter/sniper. This journey takes us from a remote NVA POW camp in Cambodia to the mountains of Montana. From the coast of Oregon to the Bahama Islands and Washington DC. Ride along with Ian while he experiences his first airborne jump. Run through the jungles as they evade the NVA in a rescue assassination mission. Be there when Ian must make the shot of his life in order to save the lives of those he loves most dearly.

Dragon-Spit

By Bob Hyslop
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cuthan Books
  • Isbn : 0955871875
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 524
  • File Pdf: dragon-spit.pdf

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1961 UK. Mao Zedong orders Chinese Intelligence (CID) to penetrate the British Labour Party and CND to produce a split between Britain and its NATO allies. In China a Western spy reveals the plot but then goes on the run. MI5 recruits Jonas Forbes to investigate the threat. Jonas becomes involved one of beautiful Chinese twins – but is she an enemy agent? Triads and the Soviet Embassy play a part before the end is reached. A thriller meticulously exploiting its historical context

Cinema and Unconventional Warfare in the Twentieth Century

By Paul B. Rich
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350055700
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Reads : 543
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Cinematic representations of unconventional warfare have received sporadic attention to date. However, this pattern has now begun to change with the rise of insurgency and counter-insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the growing importance of jihadist terrorism in the wake of 9/11. This ground-breaking study provides a much-needed examination of global unconventional warfare in 20th-century filmmaking, with case studies from the United States, Britain, Ireland, France, Italy and Israel. Paul B. Rich examines Hollywood's treatment of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency in the United States; British post-colonial insurgencies in Malaya and Kenya and British special operations in the Second World War; the Irish conflict before and during the Troubles; French filmmaking and the reluctance to deal with the bitter war in Algeria in the 1950s; Italian neorealism and its impact on films dealing with urban insurgency by Roberto Rossellini, Nanni Loy and Gillo Pontecorvo, and Israel and the upsurge of Palestinian terrorism. Whilst only a small number of films on these conflicts have been able to rise above stereotyping insurgents and terrorists - in some cases due to a pattern of screen orientalism - Cinema and Unconventional Warfare in the Twentieth Century stresses the positive political gains to be derived from humanizing terrorists and terrorists movements, especially in the context of modern jihadist terrorism. This is essential reading for academics, postgraduates and advanced undergraduates interested in 20th-century military history, politics and international relations, and film studies.

Afghanistan War: A Documentary and Reference Guide

By Ryan Wadle
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Isbn : 1440857474
  • Pages : 357
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 126
  • File Pdf: afghanistan-war.pdf

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Providing an invaluable introductory resource for students investigating the war in Afghanistan, this book highlights the evolution of the conflict through the documents that helped to shape it. • Reflects the subject expertise of its editor, a former member of the US Army's Combat Studies Institute's Afghanistan Study Team • Collects documents from many of the major participants that cover the political, social, economic, and military evolution of the conflict • Discusses political, social, and military factors to explain why conflict has persisted in Afghanistan for nearly four decades • Highlights both the continuity and change in policies in Afghanistan over the past 40 years • Includes translations of some Taliban documents to give an even broader perspective of the war

Ghosts and Shadows

By Phil Ball
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476624844
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 728
  • File Pdf: ghosts-and-shadows.pdf

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The author arrived at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego ill-prepared for the training and abuse that awaited him in boot camp. At the time, he would have done anything to escape; only upon reflection years later did he realize that the self-confidence instilled in him by his drill instructors had probably saved his life in Vietnam. A few months after boot camp, Private Ball was shipped out to Vietnam, joining F Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, near Khe Sanh. As a grunt, in the vernacular of the Corps, Ball, like the other youths of F Company, did a difficult and deadly job in such places as the A Shau Valley, Leatherneck Square, the DMZ and other obscure but critical I Corps locales. His—their—fear of death mingled with homesickness. Little did they realize that the horrors of the Vietnam War—horrors that while in-country they often claimed did not even exist—would haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Genocide and Gross Human Rights Violations

By Kurt Jonassohn,Karin Solveig Björnson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Isbn : 9781412824453
  • Pages : 338
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reads : 665
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Genocide and Gross Human Rights Violations offers actual studies of genocide in India, China, Colonial Africa, the Soviet Union, Burma, and the former Yugoslavia. Beyond narrating the most horrendous atrocities, the book focuses on the nature of gross human rights violations and genocides, and how best to stop them. Jonassohn formulates a typology that distinguishes events that have different origins, occur in different situations, and follow different processes. This work is motivated by the hope that it might be possible to reduce the number of genocides and to intervene in those that do occur.

Flight TG-101 to nowhere

By Subroto Sinha
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  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Isbn : 9352068270
  • Pages : 160
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 260
  • File Pdf: flight-tg-101-to-nowhere.pdf

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"A daring covert action by the CIA to hijack a Boeing 777 passenger plane carrying Russian and Chinese computer scientists to London from Bangkok. These scientists were collaborating on a project to develop a highly sensitive software that could hack computer systems in the USA and bring all activities under their control. As part of the operation, the entire plane with all the passengers, including the scientists, were hijacked and transported to an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, which was serving as a strategic naval base of the USA. Here the scientists were separated from the other passengers and sent to a secret location in the USA in different military aircrafts. The scientists were interrogated and coerced into working for the USA. They were given all facilities needed to develop the program and implement it on the computer systems in Moscow. A startling story of how the program, which was prepared to paralyze the American computer network, was used, instead, to cause a breakdown of the power system in Moscow. Meanwhile, all international efforts to track the Boeing 777 plane proved futile and it was believed to have crashed in the ocean leaving no survivors. The American government also joined the search effort, officially and offered condolences for the “death” of the passengers."