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In the mail: Sheriff of Ramadi by Dick Couch.
The book "details the once secret role of the Navy SEALs in the battle of Ramadi".
Couch was in Ramadi. He expected to write a narrative of courage in a losing battle - the orchestra on the deck of the Titanic. Instead he discovered a success story in the war against al Qaeda - the first real, sustained success since the 2003 invasion."When we arrived in al Anbar the conventional wisdom was that the province was a lost cause - unwinnable". I've discussed that with those who were there, they've told me that acceptable success at the going-in stage could be described as merely "keeping a lid" on the violence. (And the anticipation of achieving that success could be described as "slim".)
It was a battle won with a strategy of deploying SEALs alongside regular forces in a combined joint operation, which also included Iraqi security forces and the people of the al-Anbar province, to fight against terrorists in the urban war zone of Ramadi.
Among the many examples of this extraordinary brotherhood is the story of Petty Officer Michael A. Monsoor, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the battle of Ramadi.
"When we arrived in al Anbar the conventional wisdom was that the province was a lost cause - unwinnable," said then-Colonel Sean MacFarland. "I never believed that, and now we see that is not true."
They exceeded expectations. I've written extensively here on how that happened, but I'm looking forward to expanded discussion on the special forces component of the battle detailed in Sheriff of Ramadi.