New Book Exposes How the Air Battle Was Fought and Won in Afghanistan

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Lieutenant Colonel Mahmood narrates how the Soviet was effectively countered by a ragtag Afghan guerrilla army supported by the ISI of Pakistan.

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Inter-Services Intelligence agent Lieutenant Colonel Mahmood, in his recently published book Stinger Saga, talks about the air war in Afghanistan, and how a ragtag guerrilla army of Afghan irregulars, who were considered by some as not being good enough to operate Stingers effectively, managed to counter the Soviet/Afghan air power.

“This book is about normal average persons who remain mostly unknown and unrecognised but are the ones who actually shape the history,” Mahmood shares. “These persons are the ones who get no credit if things turn out good but get a lot of blame if it does not.”

Set against December 1984 to August 1993, Stinger Saga is an authentic and accurate account that also shows a glimpse of working of other intelligence agencies like the CIA and MI-6, their behaviour, manners, and also the intrigues and professional jealousies that go along with such operations. It also reveals the intrigues and problems that were encountered in operating efficiently in turbulent environments.

Though the author admits that this is not a historical narration, but he has claimed to have taken all care in narrating only the actual facts. He himself has been a witness to many events that happened during his tenure.

Stinger Saga will be of great interest to military analysts and researchers, as it will be of a lot of interest to common readers also, and to those who are interested in the truth and want to know how and why things happened that way.

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About the Author
Lieutenant Colonel Mahmood was born in Eldoret (Kenya) in British East Africa in 1947. The family moved to Pakistan in early fifties. He was commissioned in an Air Defence Regiment of Pakistan Army in 1971 and saw action with his regiment in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. In 1984, he was posted to the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence). It was here when the author saw firsthand the plight of the Afghan people and the destruction and misery brought by the Soviets on Afghanistan that transformed his thinking and things changed for him and many others like him. In 1986, he was selected by the ISI as in charge of a small training team that was being sent to the USA to get training on Stinger missiles. On his return, he was made in charge of the Stinger section, which was responsible for imparting training to Afghan Mujahids (freedom fighters).
Stinger Saga * by Mahmood Ahmed
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 133 pages; 978-1-4771-3622-5
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 133 pages; 978-1-4771-3623-2
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4771-3624-9

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