Hammerhead Six - Ronald Fry



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Hammerhead Six - how Green Berets waged an unconventional war against the Taliban to win in Afghanistan's deadly Pech Valley
Ronald Fry
Paperback / softback
Hachette Books
UK Publication Date

Two years before the action in Lone Survivor, a Green Berets A Team conducted a very different, successful mission in Afghanistan's notorious Pech Valley. Led by Captain Ronald Fry, the Hammerhead Six mission applied the principles of unconventional warfare to "win hearts and minds" and fight against the terrorist insurgency.

In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan." Here, where the line between civilians and armed zealots was indistinct, they illustrated the Afghan proverb: "I destroy my enemy by making him my friend." Fry recounts how they were seen as welcome guests rather than invaders. Soon after their deployment ended, the Pech Valley reverted to turmoil. Their success was never replicated. Hammerhead Six finally reveals how cultural respect, hard work (and the occasional machine-gun burst) were more than a match for the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

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A third-generation veteran, US Army Captain Ronald Fry served in the
82nd Airborne Division and as a Special Forces team leader in
Afghanistan. He has completed the military's Survival School and the
Ranger, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster, and Combat Diver trainings. Fry lives
with his wife and five children near San Jose and works in sales

Tad Tuleja, author of 32 books, has taught courses on war and conflict at Harvard, Princeton, Oklahoma, and American University.

Keyword Index
Afghan War, 2001- - Campaigns.|Counterinsurgency - Afghanistan.|Afghan War, 2001- - Personal narratives, American.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
xvi, 382 , 8 unnumbered of plates

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