No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS

No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS

by Samuel M. Katz


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The inside story of the covert operation that took down the heads of ISIS

No Shadows in the Desert reveals the untold story of the behind-the-scenes fight against ISIS—one coordinated by heads of state and ultimately fought in the alleyways and open deserts of the Middle Eastern battlefield by spies and soldiers. Samuel M. Katz draws upon his sources within the global intelligence and counterterrorism community, as well as the international special operations and espionage fraternity, to tell the story of the covert campaign against ISIS by the operatives who ventured deeply and secretly into enemy territory.

In this first-ever look at the secret inner workings of an Arab secret service, Katz tells the story of Jordan’s GID, the masters of human intelligence on the espionage battlefields of the Middle East, who proved pivotal and crucial go-to allies of the CIA and America’s other intelligence agencies in the war against ISIS and the war on terror. With the revealing and intimate insight of the intelligence officers who fought ISIS, No Shadows in the Desert is a rare glimpse into how a strategic partnership helped change how terrorism is fought in the Middle East and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335013835
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 602,891
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Samuel M. Katz is an internationally recognized expert on Middle East security issues, international terrorism, and military special operations and counterterrorism. He has authored or coauthored over twenty books, including the New York Times bestseller Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi.

Table of Contents

Glossary 11

October 26, 2019 15

Author Note 19

Prologue: Slider One-One 23

Book 1 A New Storm Over the Horizon 29

1 What Could Go Wrong? 31

2 The Fall of Mosul 42

3 The Line in the Sand 58

4 Send in the Vipers 79

Book 2 The Human Bazaar 99

5 Held Captive 101

6 The Point of No Return 114

7 Barbaric 119

8 The Extortionists 126

9 Shock and Horror 132

10 Kill the Monsters 150

Book 3 Guillotine 159

11 Amman Station 161

12 The Kill List 174

13 Tradecraft 187

14 The Third World War 210

15 Say, Die in Your Rage 225

Book 4 Payback 237

16 Desert One 239

17 Just Rewards 254

18 Find, Fix and Finish 268

19 Dirty Battles, a Dirty War 287

20 Dawn before Daylight 303

Postscript: Caution and Vigilance 309

Acknowledgments 315

Endnotes 319

Index 343

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