Why read Behind the Gun?

My 16 man platoon in Somalia represents over 240 years of collective service to our country through the 1st Gulf War, Somalia, Haiti, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and countless other operations, some of which you will never hear of. Our service continues today.

Aside from learning about a war you didn’t know was taking place and hearing firsthand from its warriors, we know something far more compelling.

Among my platoon during a mission that “never happened” are current and former US Army Special Forces personnel, as well as several officers and senior non-commissioned officers, all of whom have reviewed the account the world will soon read about in “Behind the Gun”.

Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were not only encouraging violence against American troops in Somalia as early as 1992, they were physically there. This is public knowledge, though not widely known, and if you’ve never heard anything about it, read this article from the Washington Post about the Federal Indictment against Bin Laden and Al Qaeda and their involvement in Somalia from 1992 – 1994. Here’s another indictment.

In 1993 in southern Somalia, we (meaning, me and the men in my platoon) fought Al-Shabaab and the Islamic Courts in their infancy, a group known as al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (we referred to them as “ali tihad”).  Until now, the only group of Americans publicly known to have faced Al-Shabaab directly are the men of SEAL Team Six in Barawa, Somalia, in 2009 and 2013, a place we’ve also been.

I am one of only 16 men who raided an al-Itihaad compound in 1993 after they openly attacked my platoon during an overt mission. We were told by “spooks” that we “weren’t supposed to be there” and that we were “never there”.  There even exists an official, but fictitious, cover story for this mission. The firsthand account of what we found and what happened that day is shocking. The wider implications even more so. Come take a look from “Behind the Gun”.

~Bravo Charles

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