No way out : a story of valor in the mountains of Afghanistan

by Weiss, Mitch.

Format: Print Book 2012.
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It seemed like an impossible mission right from the start.

A Special Forces team planned to land in an enemy-held valley, scale a steep mountain in Afghanistan to surprise and capture a terrorist leader.

But before they found the target, the target found them . . .

The team was caught in a deadly ambush that not only threatened their lives, but the entire mission. The elite soldiers fought for hours, huddled on a small rock ledge as rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine gun fire rained down on them. With total disregard for their own safety, they tended to their wounded and kept fighting to stay alive.

When the battle finally ended, ten soldiers had earned Silver Stars- the Army's third highest award for combat valor. It was the most Silver Stars awarded to any unit in one battle since Vietnam.

Based on dozens of interviews with those who were there, No Way Out is a compelling narrative of an epic battle that not only tested the soldiers' mettle but serves as a cautionary tale- Be careful what you ask a soldier to do because they will die trying to accomplish their mission.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Weiss and Maurer (coauthor, Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds)-who in the past five years has embedded six times with the U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan-detail the team's ill-fated 2008 mission in eastern Afghanistan's Shok Valley, a place "isolated and surrounded by a wall of mountains." The soldiers had been tasked to capture Haji Ghafour, a high-ranking commander of an extreme militant group. Through interviews with the men involved, the authors provide captivating individual perspectives on the undertaking. Captain Kyle Walton believed the assignment was flawed from the beginning; the authors write that "Not only did the basic tactical plan of attacking up a mountain not work, but it was unclear how they would evacuate casualties." Staff Sergeant John Wayne Walding-who had joined the army just months before 9/11 for "a job where you can `lay down your head at night and be proud of it'"-would ultimately lose part of his leg. It was his first and last deployment with Special Forces. Like many of the men in his unit (also profiled in the book) Walding would be honored with a Silver Star. In this compelling, multi-dimensional account, Weiss and Maurer remind us of the extraordinary risks soldiers take and the sacrifices they make every day both for their country, and for each other. B&W Photos & maps. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Afghan War, 2001- -- Campaigns -- Afghanistan -- Shok Valley.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Commando operations.
Special operations (Military science) -- Afghanistan.
Publisher New York :Berkley Caliber,2012.
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Maurer, Kevin.
Language English
Description 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780425245262
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