IN THE WARLORDS' SHADOW; 1 of 6: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban; by Daniel R Green. Why the 15-year effort of American nation-building in Afghanistan failed. . . . it should be required reading.”
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IN THE WARLORDS' SHADOW ; Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban; by Daniel R Green. Published by Naval Institute Press.
• “Green is perhaps one of the best-placed Americans to write definitively on the ongoing war in Afghanistan. It is clear from the first chapter that he has an unparalleled understanding of the tribal structures in Afghanistan and that he probably understood them before the rest of us realized there was a problem with the ‘search and destroy’ method.” —Naval Historical Foundation
• “In the Warlord’s Shadow is forthright in its critique of U.S. strategy and highlights areas that we as a U.S. military have room to grow.” —Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC)
• “In this first-hand account, Green offers a long-term perspective on how SOF stabilized the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan and its impact on the course of the war in Afghanistan.” —The Foreign Service Journal
• "In the Warlords' Shadow tells the compelling story of SOTF-SE and its successful counterinsurgency efforts to provide stability in Uruzgan Province. It is a must read for policy makers and those desiring a better understanding of counterinsurgency warfare in Afghanistan." —Military Review
• “This captivating first-person narrative offers an intimate, ground-level perspective on local engagement in the wider context of ongoing US war and peace building efforts.” —CHOICE
• “Dan Green has done it again. After what I considered to be his terrific account of Fallujah, he's now brought us an accurate and compelling history of the Village Stability Operations program and the Afghan Local Police. This was one of the key features in our war against the Taliban, and Green captures its history marvelously.” —Gen. John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force, and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, 2011–13
• “In the Warlords’ Shadow is a riveting firsthand account of an important initiative by American Special Operations Forces to work with community leaders in Afghanistan and dramatically improve local security; it is impressively researched and written by an accomplished soldier and scholar.” —Gen. David Petraeus, USA (Ret.), former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force, and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, 2010–11
• “Dan Green brings his considerable military expertise and knowledge of Afghanistan to reflect deeply on the Special Forces-led war in Uruzgan, deep in the heart of Taliban country. Green writes with great authority about this largely unknown conflict and his book is important for anyone who wants to understand how Special Forces work in the field and for those who want to better comprehend the tribal and political structures of southern Afghanistan.” —Peter Bergen, United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists
• “The author of three books… you can tell he knows what he is talking about… his message is worthwhile.” —Military Times Fall Reading Guide
• “…Green makes interesting points defining the problem with earlier counterinsurgency efforts and has produced a well-documented personal account of his trials and tribulations in Afghanistan…” —Modern War Institute