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Ask forgiveness not permission - the true story of a discrete, post 9/11 operation in the 'badlands' of Pakistan
Howard Leedham
Paperback / softback
Bene Factum Publishing
UK Publication Date

The true account of a lone British Special Forces advisor working for the U.S. in Pakistan

On retirement from an unusual military career Howard Leedham settled in theU.S. with his American wife and successfully flew executive jetsuntil hewas recruited in 2003 by the State Department's airwing. Despite being British,he had the unusual skills they required, and his specific brief was to activate a fleet of antiterrorist helicopters which had been given to the Pakistan armed forces, but never properly used. This was easier said than donehe had to win over opposition from inside the State Department and in particular from their Islamabad Embassy, and also dispel the suspicions of the Pakistani Armed Forces. The helicopters were released and brought up to the high standard of mechanical and operational maintenance required.He had to get pastthe closed doorof the appropriatePakistani generalwhich he did by offering to stand outside the general's bathroom and outline his plans. He was given command ofa team of Pathan soldiers to train in Special Forces tactics and helicopter skillsthey became an amazingly loyal team and the book describes in detail several very successful discreet operations. Howard had to do all this while under great personal threat, unable totell who friend and who was foe, even among his own troops. This book recounts in fascinating detail the successes and failures of an unusual military operation in one of the most inhospitable and turbulent environments in the world.

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Howard Leedhamwas the firstBritishofficerto command a U.S. MarineCorps squadron onactiveservice.

"A powerful weapon—both for helping and giving permission to returning warriors to be honest about their own struggles, and also to help those of us who have not been to war to understand the depth of the struggle of the warriors whom we wish to support." — The White Rhino

Keyword Index
Counterinsurgency - Pakistan.|Military assistance, American - Pakistan.
Country of Publication
Number of Pages
xix, 339

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