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An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

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An agency insider furnishes an eye-opening account of the role of the CIA in the war against terror in Afghanistan, chronicling the complex--and ultimately successful--negotiations with Afghan warlords that led to the defeat of the Taliban, despite the disastrous close calls caused by pressure from Washington. 30,000 first printing.
Publisher: New York : Presidio Press/Ballantine Books, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780891418726
Call Number: 958.1046 SCHROEN
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Schroen, Gary C.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, American.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Secret service -- United States.


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LRS1969 Jan 28, 2016

To more fully grasp things, CIA Case Workers (themselves paramilitary trained / experienced personnel with the SAD - Special Activities Division of the CIA) did not go into Afghanistan following 9/11 with a small team of Special Forces (A-Teams or ODA teams)

The term Special Forces refers specifically to the U. S. Army unit that many civilians call the Green Berets.

Military Special Ops forces cover a wide range of units (SEALs, Rangers, MarSoc, Special Forces, etcetera) while Special Forces refers to a specific Army unit.

Shroen went into Afganistan with highly advanced CIA paramilitaries who are members of the SOG - Special Operations Group (not to be confused with the SOG, Studies and Operations Group cover name used by MAC-V in Vietnam for long-range reconnaissance and other assignments in Vietnam) section of the SAD (Special Activities Division).CIA paramilitaries are NOT a part of the American military.

"The involvement of the CIA in the newly coined "War on Terror" was further increased on September 15, 2001. During a meeting at Camp David George W. Bush agreed to adopt a plan proposed by CIA director George Tenet. This plan consisted of conducting a covert war in which CIA paramilitary officers would cooperate with anti-Taliban guerillas inside Afghanistan. They would later be joined by military small special operations forces teams which would call in precision airstrikes on Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters.

The Special Activities Division reports directly to the Deputy Director for the Directorate of Operations.

Special Operations Group (SOG) is the department within SAD responsible for operations that include the collection of intelligence in hostile countries and regions, and all high threat military or intelligence operations with which the U.S. government does not wish to be overtly associated.

As such, members of the unit (called Paramilitary Operations Officers) normally do not carry any objects or clothing (e.g., military uniforms) that would associate them with the United States government. If they are compromised during a mission, the United States government may deny all knowledge.

SOG is generally considered the most secretive special operations force in the United States. The group selects former operatives from other tier one special mission military  units such as Delta Force, DEVGRU, ISA, and 24th STS, as well as other United States special operations forces, such as USNSWC, MARSOC, US Army Special Forces, SEALs, SWCC, Force Recon, Pararescuemen, Combat Controllers, and Army Rangers.

SAD's existence became better known as a result of the "Global War on Terror". Beginning in autumn of 2001, SAD/SOG paramilitary teams, the first to arrive in Afghanistan to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders, and to facilitate the entry of U.S. Army Special Forces A-Teams and lead the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan against the ruling Taliban by providing advice, Intell, logistics, and calling in air strikes.

Most renown military experts consider SAD/SOG paramilitaries (who no matter what their prior training and experience go through a detailed and hardcore advanced training program at "The Farm" before being admitted as Paramilitary Operations Officers") as THE premiere force for UW (unconventional warfare), whether that warfare consists of either creating or combating an insurgency in a foreign country.

This is a very interesting book of activities in a "just war" (under international laws) that we not only had justification to be involved with, but a fairly high potential to have actually won (using various elements of counterinsurgency methods) rather than twittered away with the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq with the subsequent removal of much needed assets from Afghanistan.

Another great book of similar nature (CIA and paramilitary first into Afghanistan), also read "Jawbreaker" by Bernsten.

Mar 18, 2013

A very interesting read about a few CIA operatives and a small unit of Special Forces who worked with the Nothern Alliance to kill thousands of the uneducated Taliban and Al Queda.


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