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Two years before the action in Lone Survivor, a team of Green Berets conducted a very different successful mission in Afghanistan's notorious Pech Valley. Led by Captain Ronald Fry, Hammerhead Six applied the principles of unconventional warfare to "win hearts and minds" and fight against the terrorist insurgency.
In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan". Here, where the line between civilians and armed zealots was indistinct, they illustrated the Afghan proverb "I destroy my enemy by making him my friend." Fry recounts how they were seen as welcome guests rather than invaders. Soon after their deployment ended, the Pech Valley reverted to turmoil. Their success was never replicated.
Hammerhead Six finally reveals how cultural respect and hard work (and the occasional machine-gun burst) were more than a match for the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
©2016 Ronald Fry (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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By Jason on 02-28-16

Not Just Another War Story

This is not another war story, this is a human story. It tells the story of how a team of special forces went into one of the most dangerous places in the world and "killed" the enemies with kindness. Now of course they still has to defend themselves with guns, but the main objective was to win over the people, so that no matter what their enemies said about them, they would be above reproach. I have struggled to figure out what a Christian's role in war should be. To me this is the clearest example I have seen of what that role should be. I feel like Ron and his team embraced the concept of the Sermon on the mount. Love your enemies and through this they will know that you are His disciples. Ron and his team put a value on each life, even the enemies. Instead of turning away suspected enemies from getting medical help, they gave them medical help in hopes that they would bring back the good news that the Americans were here to help. It's one thing to say you are here to help, it's another to prove it through action. Yes there may be times for more aggressive tactics, but if we fought our wars with this as an example, the world would be a lot better off.

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By CCM on 03-16-16

Captain Ron Fry, thanks for sharing these lessons.

Hammerhead Six was blessed to have you in command. We thank you for your story.

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By Laurence on 09-06-16

There is another way

One of the very best books I have read. Having read what the Red Bearded Commander managed to accomplish through care and protection over against gung-ho bravado it was not surprising that the follow up tours were more of the usual bullets, collateral damage and resentment, that's what the politicians want, it pays the bills. Awesome accomplishments from the professionals though and what they achieved. Brilliantly written with humility.

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By Guy on 03-19-16

great insight into a war with in a war

It kept me on the edge of my seat. loved every minute of this book

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By Brady orr on 12-29-17

Definitely worth a read.

Not another shoot em up story, but so much better at the same time. The world needs more people like these guys.

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