In this ground-breaking book, bestselling author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Dick Couch reports on the actions of the SEAL Task Unit during the Battle of Ramadi in Iraq's al-AnbarProvince between 2005 and 2007. Couch details the previously unrecognized importance of the SEALs in winning the fight to control Ramadi. Calling the Battle of Ramadi one of the most significant military engagements in the global war against terrorism since 9/11 and the most sustained and vicious engagement ever fought by SEALs, he describes the success of special operations forces and Navy SEALs fighting side by side with conventional forces. Couch identifies the SEALs' ability to adapt and evolve in this deadly urban battle space and their code of brotherhood as the keys to their success on the battlefield. Among the many examples of this extraordinary brotherhood is the story of PO2 Michael A. Monsoor, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Battle of Ramadi.
When he began researching The Sheriff of Ramadi, Couch thought he would be writing about the SEALs' courage in the face of a losing cause. Instead, what he discovered was a startling success story in the war against al-Qaeda. It was a battle won with a strategy of deploying Navy SEALs alongside regular forces in a joint operation to fight a major battle against terrorists in the urban war zone of Ramadi. Based on this success story, Couch argues that the lessons of Ramadi call for using this strategy more widely to win the ongoing war against al-Qaeda and their allies
Dick Couch, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served on active duty with the Navy Underwater Demolition and SEAL teams for five years. While a platoon leader with SEAL Team One, he led the only successful POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. In 1972 he joined the CIA and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1997 with the rank of captain. He has frequently appeared as a military expert on nationally syndicated TV and radio programs. In addition to many bestselling novels, he is the author of several works of nonfiction about the Navy SEALS and the Green Berets, including Chosen Soldier, Down Range, and The Warrior Elite.
Praise for Sheriff of Ramadi
"There remains a long road ahead in Iraq; there will be continuing challenges and our work is not done. And yet it is beyond doubt that the gallant soldiers, Marines, and SEALs who have fought there deserve to look back on their efforts with a great sense of professional pride and accomplishment. Increasingly, the American public has come to understand that something important began to change in Iraq in late 2006 and throughout 2007. Thanks to the careful research and insightful analysis of Dick Couch, we now have a much deeper understanding of a pivotal battle that began the process of expelling al-Qaeda from its strongholds." — Senator John McCain in his Foreword for The Sheriff of Ramadi
"I had never worked with warriors of such high caliber. I think that opinion was shared at all echelons, from colonel to private. My soldiers and junior leaders came to respect the Big Tough Frogmen and would do anything for them. The losses that the SEALs suffered in Ramadi cemented that relationship in my mind. Anyone who shed blood, sweat, and tears in Ramadi with us will always be a part of our band of brothers." — COL Sean MacFarland, Commander, 1st BCT, 1st AD
"The Sheriff of Ramadi is an important work, a good read by an excellent and combat experienced author .. The lessons learned in Ramadi are worthy of study by soldiers, sailors, Marines, politicians and the general public alike." —Vice Adm. Robert F. Dunn, USN (Ret.), President of the Naval Historical Foundation
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