Active-duty special forces units tend to look down their noses at National Guard special forces, calling them the &;summer help.&; But the men of Beast 85 were much more than summer help. They were experienced, highly qualified Green Berets in every sense of the term, with the kind of exceptional skill and insight necessary to fight an unconventional war. They were anxious to prove themselves in Afghanistan. High adventure, heavy combat, but in the end, these Green Berets were left disillusioned by what might have been as overly cautious military and CIA superiors let Al Qaeda slip through their fingers.
A reprint from 2005, this volume recounts the experiences of the National Guard Special Forces unit Beast 85 in their search for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. It describes their preparation and deployment and such events as the aerial bombardment of civilians at a wedding in 2002, the capture of the Taliban's military commander Mullah Akhtar Osmani, and how they destroyed weapons and ammunition in the country. The authors are several members of Operational Detachment Alpha 2085, or Beast 85, a direct action assault team of Green Berets deployed to Afghanistan in 2002. Zenith Press is an imprint of Quayside Publishing. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)