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Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins

by Jacobsen, Annie (Author)

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Surprise... your target. Kill... your enemy. Vanish... without a trace. From Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen, the untold story of the CIA's secret paramilitary units. When diplomacy fails, and war is unwise, the president calls on the CIA's Special Activities Division, a highly-classified bra... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Part I. 1941. An office for ungentlemanly warfare
  • Tertia Optio
  • Surprise attack in Korea
  • Special Forces
  • Ruin and rule in Guatemala
  • Kings, shahs, monarchs, and madmen
  • The KGB's office of liquid affairs
  • Green light
  • The special group
  • Part II. 1961. An assassination capability
  • JFK, KIA
  • The studies and observations group
  • Kill or capture
  • Green Berets
  • Revenge
  • Colonel Qaddafi's Libya
  • Part III. 1981. Reagan's preemptive neutralization
  • Parachute assassins, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden
  • Operation love storm
  • Carlos the jackal
  • The engineer
  • Part IV. 2001. War in Afghanistan
  • Poke the bear
  • War in Iraq
  • Imad Mugniyah
  • The moral twilight zone
  • Just war
  • The hidden hand.