By Ed Darack
In overdue June 2005, media assets mentioned the tragic tale of 19 U.S. distinctive operations team of workers who died by the hands of rebel / terrorist chief Ahmad Shah- and the lone survivor of Shah's ambush-deep within the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The harrowing occasions of Operation crimson Wings marked an important-yet commonly misreported-chapter within the worldwide warfare on Terror, the whole information of which the general public burned to profit.
Victory Point finds the full, as-yet untold, tale of Operation pink Wings (often mis-referenced as "Operation Redwing"), and the follow-on venture, Operation Whalers. jointly, those U.S. Marine Corps operations (that when it comes to purple Wings applied army SEALs for its commencing section) unfurl no longer as a undertaking long gone extraordinarily flawed, yet of a fancy and hard crusade that eventually observed the dying of Ahmad Shan and his small military of barbarous combatants.
end result of the valor, braveness, and dedication of the 2d Battalion of the third Marine Regiment in the summertime of 2005, Afghanistan used to be in a position to carry unfastened elections that Fall. here's the inspiring real account of heroism, accountability, and brotherhood among Marines battling the battle on Terror.
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