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As everyone realizes all too well after September 11th, even a small band of fanatics can bring tragedy to an entire nation. Whether it involves kidnapping, hijacking, bombing, or other threats, civilized countries respond the same way: with Special Forces.  Find out how these elite soldiers are organized, armed, trained, and deployed, as well as their weapons and intellig As everyone realizes all too well after September 11th, even a small band of fanatics can bring tragedy to an entire nation. Whether it involves kidnapping, hijacking, bombing, or other threats, civilized countries respond the same way: with Special Forces.  Find out how these elite soldiers are organized, armed, trained, and deployed, as well as their weapons and intelligence methods. Their spectacular, sometimes very covert, operations make for fascinating reading, with controversial incidents examined in detail.   "This book chronicles modern-era terrorist activities from the 1960s through the 1990s and the government responses to hostage crises and attempts to apprehend various terrorists."--Army. "The main hypothetical argument for a U.S. missile shield's deployment is terrorism. As one of the most thorough overviews of conventional counterterrorism techniques and engagements, this book may draw those trying to think through their positions..."--Publishers Weekly.


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As everyone realizes all too well after September 11th, even a small band of fanatics can bring tragedy to an entire nation. Whether it involves kidnapping, hijacking, bombing, or other threats, civilized countries respond the same way: with Special Forces.  Find out how these elite soldiers are organized, armed, trained, and deployed, as well as their weapons and intellig As everyone realizes all too well after September 11th, even a small band of fanatics can bring tragedy to an entire nation. Whether it involves kidnapping, hijacking, bombing, or other threats, civilized countries respond the same way: with Special Forces.  Find out how these elite soldiers are organized, armed, trained, and deployed, as well as their weapons and intelligence methods. Their spectacular, sometimes very covert, operations make for fascinating reading, with controversial incidents examined in detail.   "This book chronicles modern-era terrorist activities from the 1960s through the 1990s and the government responses to hostage crises and attempts to apprehend various terrorists."--Army. "The main hypothetical argument for a U.S. missile shield's deployment is terrorism. As one of the most thorough overviews of conventional counterterrorism techniques and engagements, this book may draw those trying to think through their positions..."--Publishers Weekly.

36 review for Secret Soldiers: Special Forces in the War Against Terrorism

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    An exhaustive work on Political Terrorism in the 70s, 80s and 90s in the West and the Middle East. 575 pages of Bombs, Assassinations, Kidnappings and Rescues. Peter Harclerode, a chronicler of elite military units, takes us on a nonstop whirlwind tour of the the Bad Guys, the Forces the Good guys came up with to deal with the issue, and then the results, as state actors responded to this "new"form of warfare. The book was published in 2001, so its a good capsule of "the story so far..." before An exhaustive work on Political Terrorism in the 70s, 80s and 90s in the West and the Middle East. 575 pages of Bombs, Assassinations, Kidnappings and Rescues. Peter Harclerode, a chronicler of elite military units, takes us on a nonstop whirlwind tour of the the Bad Guys, the Forces the Good guys came up with to deal with the issue, and then the results, as state actors responded to this "new"form of warfare. The book was published in 2001, so its a good capsule of "the story so far..." before it kicked up another whole notch. The pace and volume is torrential. The three decades are whipping by at a fast clip, violence everywhere, when we stop for a bit to see all the various units created to deal with the Crisis in the 70s. The SAS begats Germany's GSG-9, Italy's Carabinieri, and America's Delta Force. Israel's Sayeret Matkal begats other units at home and abroad. It is almost humorous how much larger America's effort is, starting with Col. Hackworth in 1978, their air wing being larger than many whole airforces. The author gives you unit TO&E for each unit as created originally, so there is alot of ground to cover. Then we're off again through the Mid-80s and the 90s, when states had the capacity to counter terrorist ploys with their own strike forces. The battle joins again. The Killings, Bombings, Kidnappings, and Rescues continue apace. It's an amazing compilation of the most important events in the West. The pace and depth of this book are daunting for a junior reader- they need to have a lot of time to digest this, although the prose is not too complex. But this is a treasure trove for the Military Enthusiast/Gamer/Modeller. Both on background and with a wealth of anecdotes that will improve or generate many scenarios or dioramas. The skirmish/gunfight gamer will find only the dearth of maps/diagrams annoying- the text is once gem after another.

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