Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Why don't we have Osama bin Laden? I'm talking about it Wednesday morning.

WHO: Gary Schroen, former CIA station chief in Pakistan, whose bosses asked him to target Osama bin Laden: "Bring his head back in a box." Schroen and his team of six men were on a plane - the first Americans to enter Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks -- and over the next few weeks, Schroen was tracking down members of the Northern Alliance, paying $3-million in bribes to Afghan commanders...

WHAT: Schroen has new book -- FIRST IN: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spear-headed the War on Terror in Afghanistan

Schroen had recently retired from 35 years of service with the CIA when the U.S. was attacked by terrorists on 9/11. With experience operating in Afghanistan, he was tapped to lead a team to link with the Northern Alliance to prepare for a military operation against the Taliban. Two days before the attack on the U.S., Northern Alliance leaders had been killed, supposedly on the orders of Osama bin Ladin. On September 19, the CIA team, with six members and $3 million, deployed to Afghanistan on a harrowing mission that included the order to kill bin Ladin. Schroen offers a first-person account of the intricacies of American politics and military operations in an atmosphere charged with the war on terror. He also incorporates historical background of U.S and Soviet involvement in Afghanistan and how the nation came to be in play in the war on terrorism. In an afterword, Schroen looks back on the mission--its successes and failures--from the perspective of the recent elections in Afghanistan and acknowledges the continued challenges in the region.


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