The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark BowdenFrom Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.
After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.
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The raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing. In the aftermath of the killing, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani formed a commission under Senior Justice Javed Iqbal to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack. Accounts of how bin Laden was located by U. The White House and CIA director John Brennan stated that the process began with a fragment of information unearthed in , resulting in years of investigation.
According to Scribner, O'Neill's book will "vividly recount" a career that included some missions, notably the May raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. O'Neill also was on the missions that helped rescue Capt. In a statement issued through Scribner, O'Neill said he wanted to show "the human side" of the battles fought for the country worldwide. Photo Credit: Scribner via AP O'Neill first alleged that he had killed bin Laden in , an announcement that the government has neither affirmed nor disputed. Brian Losey. Violators of our ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare.
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Make Your Own List. Interview by Eve Gerber. - First, he pulls off the neat trick most successfully done in Ron Howard's retelling of the "Apollo 13" mission of wringing tension and drama out of a story despite the fact. First, he pulls off the neat trick most successfully done in Ron Howard's retelling of the "Apollo 13" mission of wringing tension and drama out of a story despite the fact that the outcome is known.
Sadly, many of the books that will be mentioned in this column are no longer in print. Happily, second-hand bookshops still stock the majority of these titles, while Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive often provide free online alternatives. We begin the journey with United States. Select Committee on Intelligence.
The book was written by Matt Bissonnette under the pen name Mark Owen. At least half of the book focuses on Owen's participation in the mission that killed bin Laden. Owen and his publisher's decision to release the book without first submitting it for United States Department of Defense DoD review generated controversy. The DoD claims that the book contains classified information , which the book's publisher denies. In late August , advance publicity drove the book to the top of the Amazon.