Big Boys' Rules

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Big Boys' Rules

Big Boys' Rules

The Secret Struggle Against the IRA

  • Author: Mark Urban
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780571168095
  • Category: Intelligence service
  • Page: 266
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The SAS describes its attitude to the use of lethal force as 'Big boys' games, big boys' rules'. Anyone caught with a gun or bomb can expect to be shot. In Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA Mark Urban meticulously explores the security forces' covert operations in Northern Ireland: from the mid-1970s, when they were stepped up, to the Loughall ambush in 1987, in which eight IRA Provisionals were killed. While charting the successes and failures of special operations during the troubles, Urban reveals the unenviable dilemmas faced by intelligence chiefs engaged in a daily struggle against one of the world's most sophisticated terrorist organisations.'This is a book that needed to be written and which fulfils the essentials of any Ulster story; it expands understanding beyond fragmented jingoism and newspaper headlines.' John Stalker, Sunday Times

Big Boy Rules

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Big Boy Rules

Big Boy Rules

America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

  • Author: Steve Fainaru
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0786726601
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
  • View: 9967
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There are tens of thousands of them in Iraq. They work for companies with exotic and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent Security Group, Triple Canopy, and Blackwater Worldwide. They travel in convoys of multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed machine guns, frag grenades, and even shoulder-fired missiles. They protect everything from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments of Frappuccino bound for Baghdad’s Green Zone. They kill Iraqis, and Iraqis kill them. And the only law they recognize is Big Boy Rules. From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing journey into Iraq’s parallel war. Part MadMax, part Fight Club, it is a world filled with “private security contractors”—the U.S. government’s sanitized name for tens of thousands of modern mercenaries, or mercs, who roam Iraq with impunity, doing jobs that the overstretched and understaffed military can’t or won’t do. They are men like Jon Coté, a sensitive former U.S. army paratrooper and University of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too late that he made a terrible mistake coming back to Iraq. And Paul Reuben, a friendly security company medic who has no formal medical training and lacks basic supplies, like tourniquets. They are part of America’s “other” army—some patriotic, some desperate, some just out for cash or adventure. And some who disappear into the void that is Iraq and are never seen again. Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with a group of private security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day. He joined Jon Coté and the men of Crescent Security Group as they made their way through Iraq—armed to the teeth, dodging not only bombs and insurgents but also their own Iraqi colleagues. Just days after Fainaru left to go home, five men of Crescent Security Group were kidnapped in broad daylight on Iraq’s main highway. How the government and the company responded reveals the dark truths behind the largest private force in the history of American warfare. . . . With 16 pages of photographs

Snitch!

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Snitch!

Snitch!

A History of the Modern Intelligence Informer

  • Author: Steve Hewitt
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1441190252
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
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Snitch! offers a vivid account of how some citizens actively assist state surveillance by "informing" on others.

Democracies at War against Terrorism

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Democracies at War against Terrorism

Democracies at War against Terrorism

A Comparative Perspective

  • Author: S. Cohen
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230614728
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 269
  • View: 8847
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Numerous democratic nations have been singled out by NGOs for brutality in their modus operandi, for paying inadequate attention to civilian protection or for torture of prisoners. This book deals with the difficulties faced when conducting asymmetric warfare in populated areas without violating humanitarian law.

Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the CIA, the SAS, and Mossad

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Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the CIA, the SAS, and Mossad

Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the CIA, the SAS, and Mossad

  • Author: Tony Geraghty
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1605987611
  • Category: History
  • Page: 496
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A hard-hitting history of special-forces operations over the past fifty years in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. After eight challenging years in Afghanistan, the new U.S. strategy, aimed at winning hearts and minds rather than search-and-destroy, refocuses the conflict on Special Forces: unorthodox soldiers who work outside of traditional military forces to combine secret military operations with nation building. Tony Geraghty, an expert author in this field for almost thirty years, unveils the extraordinary evolution of this refined style of war-making from its roots in anti-guerrilla warfare in Ireland and Palestine, by way of the creation of the C.I.A., the S.A.S., the Green Berets, America’s Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), and many others, including Mossad. This history is more than a tale of derring-do, although James Bond-like characters stalk every page. It is a sweeping examination of Black Ops at a time when they represent the future of an open-ended global war against terrorism.

Apple Box Boy

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Apple Box Boy

Apple Box Boy

Slices of Life

  • Author: James D. Heintz
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 9781450253529
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 332
  • View: 2641
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James was born in the mid-forties, towards the end of World War II. He has lived in the Northwestern part of the United States for all of his sixty-five years. Watching his grandchildren grow and live lives very different from his has renewed his appreciation of his own childhood and the experiences he has recorded in "Apple Box Boy." His grandson, Skylar, still thinks Grandpa is pulling his leg when he tells his stories about growing up in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. It's a book about freedom, adventure, and character development of days gone by.

Times of Troubles

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Times of Troubles

Times of Troubles

  • Author: Andrew Sanders
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748655131
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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How 'The Troubles' in Ulster defined the Scottish and British military experience post-WW2.

Born Fearless

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Born Fearless

Born Fearless

From Kids' Home to SAS to Pirate Hunter - My Life as a Shadow Warrior

  • Author: Phil Campion
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0857384414
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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'Hard eyes stare out of massive beards, their faces marked by the scars of battle. With these guys their webbing looks like it belongs to them, rather than it's been hung on a pair of reluctant shoulders. There's not a word been said to us, but the ante has clearly been upped. There's a dark and sinister feeling in the air. It doesn't take a genius to figure it's about to kick off.' Former SAS soldier Big Phil Campion tells it like is in this brutally honest account of his insanely dangerous life as a private military operator. From playing chicken with a suicide bomber in backstreet Kabul, to taking on pirates with his bare hands, this is true-life action-packed drama at its best.

Clear and Present Danger

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Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

  • Author: Tom Clancy
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101002568
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 704
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Don't Miss the Original Series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Starring John Krasinski! In this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan gets caught in a war between the United States and a Colombian drug cartel and uncovers a shocking conspiracy. When Colombian drug lords assassinate both the U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI, their actions trigger a covert response from the American government—a response that goes horribly wrong... As the newly named Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, Jack Ryan should be privy to operations like the one in Colombia, but he’s been left completely in the dark. With the help of field officer John Clark, Ryan intends to find out what’s really going on. But while they expect danger from without, the greatest threat of all may come from within.

IRA, the bombs and the bullets

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IRA, the bombs and the bullets

IRA, the bombs and the bullets

a history of deadly ingenuity

  • Author: A. R. Oppenheimer
  • Publisher: Irish Academic Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 387
  • View: 2453
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As a leading expert on non-conventional weapons and explosives, the author focuses on the bombs and explosive~ and shows how the IRA became the most adept and experienced insurgency group the world has ever seen througt their bombing expertise and how -after generations of conflict -it all came to an end. The book is a comprehensivE account of more than 150 years of Irish republican strategic, tactical, and operational details and analysis covering the IRA's mission, doctrine, targeting, and acquisition of weapons and explosives. Oppenheimer also colourfull) presents the story behind the bombs; those who built and deployed them, those who had to deal with and dismantlE them, and those who suffered or died from them. He analyses where, how, and why the IRA's bombs were built targeted and deployed and explores what the IRA was hoping to accomplish in its unrivalled campaign of violenCE and insurgency through covert acquisition, training, intelligence and counter-intelligence. The book focuses entirely on the IRA's bombing campaign -beginning with the Fenian 'Dynamiters' in the 19th century up to the decommissioning of an arsenal big enough to arm several battalions -which included an entire home-crafted missile system, an unsurpassed range of improvised explosive devices, and enough explosives to blow up several urban centres. The author scrutinises the level of improvisation in what became the hallmark of the Provisional IRA in its pioneering lED timing, delay and disguise technologies. He follows the arms race it carried on with the British Army and security services in a Long War of Mutual Assured Disruption. Oppenheimer fully describes and assesses the impact of the pre-1970s bombing campaigns in Northern Ireland and England to the evolution of strategies and tactics. He also provides an insight into the bombing equipment and guns from the IRA inventory held at Irish Police HQ in Dublin.