Lions of Kandahar

the story of a fight against all odds

280 pages

English language

Published July 7, 2011 by Bantam Books.

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One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Lions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander. As then-Captain Rusty Bradley he began his third tour of duty in southern Afghanistan in 2006, the Taliban were poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. This is the story of a two-week battle that raged in scorching heat over a territory the size of Rhode Island.--From publisher description.

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  • Operation Medusa, 2006
  • Commando operations
  • Campaigns
  • American Personal narratives
  • Taliban
  • Afghan War, 2001-


  • Afghanistan
  • Panjwāʻi (District)