Recounts the dramatic three-day battle for the Taliban
stronghold of Musa Qala that started on 7 December 2007. With a pre-battle
population of fifteen to
twenty thousand, Musa Qala was the only significant town held by the Taliban
at that time. Attacking against two thousand Taliban fighters, who were
dug in after occupying the town for more than nine months, the International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was spearheaded by Task Force 1 Fury: 1st
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 82nd Airborne Division.
For the ISAF Musa Qala was a target of immense importance; the Taliban had
to be driven out and the town secured. With months of occupation to get
ready, the Taliban were prepared to stand and fight. What resulted was one
of the biggest and most terrible battles of the war.
Stephen Grey is a journalist based in London, best known for breaking the
international exclusive story of the CIA's secret rendition program for
which he won the 2005 Amnesty International Media Award and formed the basis
for his book Ghost Plane. He is a former editor of the Sunday
Times and continues to contribute there as well as the New York
Times, Guardian, Times, Independent, and Newsweek.
Press; First edition (October 10, 2010)
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