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Jawbreaker - The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander-logo

Jawbreaker - The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander

Gary Berntsen

In Jawbreaker Gary Berntsen, until recently one of the CIA's most decorated officers, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. With his unique mix of clandestine knowledge and paramilitary training, Berntsen represents the new face of counterterrorism. Recognized within the agency for his aggressiveness, Berntsen, when dispatched to Afghanistan, made annihilating the enemy his job description. As the CIA's key commander coordinating the fight against the Taliban forces around Kabul, and the drive toward Tora Bora, Berntsen not only led dozens of CIA and Special Operations Forces, he also raised 2,000 Afghan fighters to aid in the hunt for bin Laden. In this first-person account of that incredible pursuit, which actually began years earlier in an East Africa bombing investigation, Berntsen describes being ferried by rickety helicopter over the towering peaks of Afghanistan, sitting by General Tommy Franks's side as heated negotiations were conducted with Northern Alliance generals, bargaining relentlessly with treacherous Afghan warlords and Taliban traitors, plotting to save hostages about to be used as pawns, calling in B-52 strikes on dug-in enemy units, and deploying a dizzying array of Special Forces teams in the pursuit of the world's most wanted terrorist. Most crucially, Berntsen tells of cornering bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains—and what happened when Berntsen begged Washington to block the al-Qaeda leader's last avenue of escape. As disturbingly eye-opening as it is adrenaline-charged, Jawbreaker races from CIA war rooms to diplomatic offices to mountaintop redoubts to paint a vivid portrait of a new kind of warfare, showing what can and should be done to deal a death blow to freedom's enemies. CIA Commander Gary Berntsen on… His eyebrow-raising style: "Most CIA Case Officers advanced their careers by recruiting sources and producing intelligence, I took a more grab-them-by-the-neck approach…I operated on the princi

In Jawbreaker Gary Berntsen, until recently one of the CIA's most decorated officers, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. With his unique mix of clandestine knowledge and paramilitary training, Berntsen represents the new face of counterterrorism. Recognized within the agency for his aggressiveness, Berntsen, when dispatched to Afghanistan, made annihilating the enemy his job description. As the CIA's key commander coordinating the fight against the Taliban forces around Kabul, and the drive toward Tora Bora, Berntsen not only led dozens of CIA and Special Operations Forces, he also raised 2,000 Afghan fighters to aid in the hunt for bin Laden. In this first-person account of that incredible pursuit, which actually began years earlier in an East Africa bombing investigation, Berntsen describes being ferried by rickety helicopter over the towering peaks of Afghanistan, sitting by General Tommy Franks's side as heated negotiations were conducted with Northern Alliance generals, bargaining relentlessly with treacherous Afghan warlords and Taliban traitors, plotting to save hostages about to be used as pawns, calling in B-52 strikes on dug-in enemy units, and deploying a dizzying array of Special Forces teams in the pursuit of the world's most wanted terrorist. Most crucially, Berntsen tells of cornering bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains—and what happened when Berntsen begged Washington to block the al-Qaeda leader's last avenue of escape. As disturbingly eye-opening as it is adrenaline-charged, Jawbreaker races from CIA war rooms to diplomatic offices to mountaintop redoubts to paint a vivid portrait of a new kind of warfare, showing what can and should be done to deal a death blow to freedom's enemies. CIA Commander Gary Berntsen on… His eyebrow-raising style: "Most CIA Case Officers advanced their careers by recruiting sources and producing intelligence, I took a more grab-them-by-the-neck approach…I operated on the princi
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In Jawbreaker Gary Berntsen, until recently one of the CIA's most decorated officers, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. With his unique mix of clandestine knowledge and paramilitary training, Berntsen represents the new face of counterterrorism. Recognized within the agency for his aggressiveness, Berntsen, when dispatched to Afghanistan, made annihilating the enemy his job description. As the CIA's key commander coordinating the fight against the Taliban forces around Kabul, and the drive toward Tora Bora, Berntsen not only led dozens of CIA and Special Operations Forces, he also raised 2,000 Afghan fighters to aid in the hunt for bin Laden. In this first-person account of that incredible pursuit, which actually began years earlier in an East Africa bombing investigation, Berntsen describes being ferried by rickety helicopter over the towering peaks of Afghanistan, sitting by General Tommy Franks's side as heated negotiations were conducted with Northern Alliance generals, bargaining relentlessly with treacherous Afghan warlords and Taliban traitors, plotting to save hostages about to be used as pawns, calling in B-52 strikes on dug-in enemy units, and deploying a dizzying array of Special Forces teams in the pursuit of the world's most wanted terrorist. Most crucially, Berntsen tells of cornering bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains—and what happened when Berntsen begged Washington to block the al-Qaeda leader's last avenue of escape. As disturbingly eye-opening as it is adrenaline-charged, Jawbreaker races from CIA war rooms to diplomatic offices to mountaintop redoubts to paint a vivid portrait of a new kind of warfare, showing what can and should be done to deal a death blow to freedom's enemies. CIA Commander Gary Berntsen on… His eyebrow-raising style: "Most CIA Case Officers advanced their careers by recruiting sources and producing intelligence, I took a more grab-them-by-the-neck approach…I operated on the princi

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ralph Pezzullo

Length:

5h 53m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

03:31


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:19


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:16


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:12


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:24


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:28


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:10