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Ally to Adversary: An Eyewitness Account of Iraq's Fall from Graceby Rick Francona
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The author takes the reader behind the scenes of the Iran-Iraq War and into the top-secret tactical decision-making meetings of Desert Storm.
Book News Annotation:
Francona, a retired Air Force intelligence officer who served throughout the Middle East with the Defense Department and various national intelligence agencies, chronicles the course of US-Iraqi relations from inside the highest military and diplomatic levels. His firsthand account takes readers on an odyssey from the battlefields of the Iran-Iraq War, to the top-secret tactical decision-making meetings of the Desert Storm coalition forces, to the actual surrender of Safwan by Iraqi officials, many of whom he had worked with previously as allies. Includes b&w battlefield photos and maps.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this revealing firsthand account, career intelligence officer and Arabic linguist Rick Francona takes the reader on an odyssey from the battlefields of the Iran-Iraq War, to the top-secret tactical decision-making meetings of the Desert Storm coalition forces, to the actual surrender at Safwan by Iraqi officials, many of whom he had worked with previously as allies. As the point man for the highly sensitive support the United States gave Iraq in 1987-88 during its war with Iran, Francona walked the streets of Baghdad, toured military facilities, and established close relations with high-ranking Iraqis. Through these activities he gained a unique and valuable perspective on Iraq's military capabilities and doctrine, including its use of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons. Later, as Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's personal interpreter, he shared in the successes, failures, and frustrations of political and military planning and prosecution during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Includes bibliographical references (p.179-180) and index.
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