Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the U.S. military found itself in a battle with a lethal and adaptive insurgency, where the divisions between enemy and ally were ambiguous at best, and working with the local population was essential for day-to-day survival. From the lessons they learned during multiple tours of duty in Iraq, two American veterans have penned "The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa," an instructional parable of counterinsurgency that addresses the myriad of difficulties associated with war in the postmodern era.
In this tactical primer based on the military classic "The Defence of Duffer's Drift," a young officer deployed for the first time in Iraq receives ground-level lessons about urban combat, communications technology, and high-powered weaponry in an environment where policy meets reality. Over the course of six dreams, the inexperienced soldier fights the same battle again and again, learning each time--the hard way--which false assumptions and misconceptions he needs to discard in order to help his men avoid being killed or captured. As the protagonist struggles with his missions and grapples with the consequences of his mistakes, he develops a keen understanding of counterinsurgency fundamentals and the potential pitfalls of working with the native population.
Accompanied here by the original novella that inspired it, " The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa" offers an invaluable resource for cadets and junior military leaders seeking to master counterinsurgency warfare--as well as general readers seeking a deeper understanding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as its predecessor has been a hallmark of military instruction, "The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa "will draw the road map for counterinsurgency in the postmodern world.
Visit a website for the book here: www.defenseofJAD.com
"This is a terrific and illuminating piece of writing, one of the best things to come out of the Iraq war. It reads to me like a history of the conflict as it would be told by a smart American platoon leader. It should be in the rucksack of every soldier heading to Iraq, and also should be read by anyone who cares about this war. If you want to support our troops, buy it right now." - Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq"
|The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa Preface|
|List of Acronyms and Terms|
|The First Dream|
|The Second Dream|
|The Third Dream|
|The Fourth Dream|
|The Fifth Dream|
|The Sixth Dream|
|The Defence of Duffer’s Drift Background Information|
|Appendix: Web Site Information|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 15th March 2009
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.272