See What Really Happened On The Front Lines In Iraq Through The Eyes Of A Decorated Commander

Midway, GA, September 6, 2011 - Awakening Victory: How Iraqi Tribes and American Troops Reclaimed al Anbar and Defeated al Qaeda in Iraq (Casemate Publishing), by Lt. Col. Michael E. Silverman (ret), is the chronicled account of his experiences as Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, and the amazing contribution this battalion – the only one to participate in the campaign to reclaim al Anbar Province from start to finish - made to the war in Iraq. This military memoir illuminates how the partnership between Iraqi tribes and US forces ultimately defeated al Qaeda in Iraq, and fully engaged the Iraqi Sunni population in a political solution to the turmoil that followed the U.S. invasion.

But it was not always that way. In August 2006, many senior U.S. officials thought we had lost the war in Iraq after being told by Marine Corps Intelligence that control of al Anbar Province, the seat of the raging Sunni insurgency, was irrevocably lost to the insurgents. At that time things were looking bleak – there were over 100 attacks a day against U.S. military and Iraqi forces in al Anbar, and al Qaeda in Iraq planted their flag in the provincial capital of Ramadi declaring it the capital of their new “Islamic State of Iraq.”

Things began changing in January 2007 when a spearhead of the newly decided “surge,” the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, deployed to Ramadi as part of the 3rd Infantry Division – the first regular Army unit to deploy to Iraq for a third time. The battalion and its parent brigade went to work in a campaign that will be hailed as the D-Day of the global war on terror. Once they started clearing out al Qaeda and replacing them with locally raised and trained Iraqi police, at the same time fostering the tribal movement known as the “Awakening Councils,” the brigade began to experience tremendous success.

Within a couple of months the attacks within Ramadi went from twenty a day to one or two a week, and by the summer of that year attacks in the entire province were down 90 percent from the previous year. Furthermore, the “Awakening” had swept through the rest of Iraq, leading to the best security situation since 2003!

In Awakening Victory, Silverman does a superb job of describing the Iraqi insurgency, particularly al Qaeda in Iraq, and offers a depth and texture currently lacking in most American’s perceptions of the war. He provides a fresh perspective on the “surge,” as well as an in-depth analysis of the three different insurgencies, and the role of Iraqis in securing their country. This accentuates the stark contrast to the failing campaign in Afghanistan and illuminates how the Obama Administration lost Afghanistan with its heavy-handed approach to the Taliban which ruined our relationship with Pakistan. The result is a phony counterinsurgency that resembles a counter-terrorism campaign focused on killing insurgents and terrorists.

Lt. Col. Michael E. Silverman, a 25 year veteran with the United States Army, is the recipient of numerous awards, medals and commendations. Retired in 2008, he lives in Georgia with his wife of 25 years, and spends his time writing about the war on terror, occasionally teaching at Armstrong Atlantic State University, and serving as a consultant to the U.S. Army on counterinsurgency. He is well-versed in international affairs and world religions and writes with the authority of someone who has both been blown-up by an IED and assisted in shaping U.S. strategic policy for the global war on terror. His book expertly describes, from the front lines, the exact turning point where the U.S. turned a supposedly failed war into a possibly enduring success.

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