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In America’s battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight—stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. Here for the first time is a SEAL insider’s battle history of these Special Operations warriors in the war on terrorism.

“Down range” is what SEALs in Afghanistan and Iraq call their area of operations. In this new mode of warfare, “down range” can refer to anything from tracking roving bands of al-Qaeda on a remote mountain trail in Afghanistan to taking down an armed compound in Tikrit and rousting holdouts from Saddam Hussein’s regime. It could mean interdicting insurgents smuggling car-bomb explosives over the Iraqi-Syrian border or silently boarding a freighter on the high seas at night to enforce an embargo. In other words, “down range” could be anywhere, anytime, under any conditions.

In Down Range, author Dick Couch, himself a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, uses his unprecedented access to bring the reader firsthand accounts from the warriors in combat during key missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Couch creates a pulse-pounding, detailed narrative of the definitive engagements of this war, while painting an unusually intimate portrait of these warriors in the field. The performance of the SEALs in difficult, changing environments—in the heat of the Afghan desert, in the snow-packed Hindu Kush, on the high seas, and in the urban chaos of Baghdad—has been nothing short of extraordinary. The SEALs, coordinating with other American forces, the CIA, and foreign special operations units like the Polish GROM, have once more shown their genius for improvisation and capacity for courageous action in leading the fight against this new and vicious enemy.

The first battle history of its kind, Down Range is a riveting close-up of some of America’s finest warriors in action against a deadly foe.

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A former Navy SEAL and author of The Warrior Elite draws on firsthand interviews with warriors fresh from combat in the Middle East and other theaters of war to explore the role of U.S. Special Operations Forces in the battle against international terrorism, examining the grueling SEAL training and offering profiles of the elite warriors and their battlefield roles. 35,000 first printing.

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In America's battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight--stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. In this book Couch, himself a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, brings firsthand accounts from the warriors in combat during key missions. "Down range" is what SEALs in Afghanistan and Iraq call their area of operations, and it can refer to anything from tracking roving bands of al-Qaeda on a remote mountain trail in Afghanistan to taking down an armed compound in Tikrit to interdicting insurgents smuggling car-bomb explosives over the Iraqi-Syrian border. The SEALs, coordinating with other forces including foreign special operations units like the Polish GROM, have once more shown their genius for improvisation and capacity for courageous action.--From publisher description.

About the Author

Dick Couch is the author of The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 and The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident, as well as six novels. He commanded a SEAL platoon in Vietnam that conducted one of the few successful POW rescue operations of the war. He lives in central Idaho.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307238757
Subtitle:
Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism
Publisher:
Crown
Author:
Couch, Dick
Author:
Dick Couch
Author:
Richard Danzig
Author:
Danzig, Richard
Subject:
History : Military - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Navy
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military-Elite
Subject:
Military-Naval History
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050719
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
255

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History and Social Science » Military » Afghan War (2001-)
History and Social Science » Military » Iraq War (2003-)
History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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Product details 255 pages Random House Incorporated - English 9780307238757 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A former Navy SEAL and author of The Warrior Elite draws on firsthand interviews with warriors fresh from combat in the Middle East and other theaters of war to explore the role of U.S. Special Operations Forces in the battle against international terrorism, examining the grueling SEAL training and offering profiles of the elite warriors and their battlefield roles. 35,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , In America's battle against al-Qaeda and their allies, the goal of the Navy SEALs is to be the best guns in the fight--stealthy, effective, professional, and lethal. In this book Couch, himself a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, brings firsthand accounts from the warriors in combat during key missions. "Down range" is what SEALs in Afghanistan and Iraq call their area of operations, and it can refer to anything from tracking roving bands of al-Qaeda on a remote mountain trail in Afghanistan to taking down an armed compound in Tikrit to interdicting insurgents smuggling car-bomb explosives over the Iraqi-Syrian border. The SEALs, coordinating with other forces including foreign special operations units like the Polish GROM, have once more shown their genius for improvisation and capacity for courageous action.--From publisher description.
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