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No Lack of Courage is the story of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Operation Medusa, the largely Canadian action in Afghanistan from 1 to 17 September 2006, to dislodge a heavily entrenched Taliban force in the Pashmul district of Afghanistans Kandahar Province. At stake, according to senior Afghan politicians and NATO military commanders, was nothing less than the very existence of the reconstituted state of Afghanistan, as well as the NATO alliance itself. In a bitterly fought conflict that lasted more than two weeks, Canadian, Afghan, and Coalition troops defeated the dug-in enemy forces and chased them from the Pashmul area.

In the end, the brunt of the fighting fell on the Canadians, and the operation that saved Afghanistan exacted a great cost. However, the battle also demonstrated that Canada had shed its peacekeeping mythology and was once more ready to commit troops deliberately to combat. Moreover, it revealed yet again that Canadian soldiers have no lack of courage.

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No Lack of Courage
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No Lack of Courage
June 23rd, 2014
Operation Medusa, Afghanistan A real eye opener as to what our troops faced during the war against terrorism in Afghanistan.
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Great read
June 4th, 2014
Excellent account of a battle.
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A good overview of events
May 7th, 2013
This book gives a good overview of the battle, I was hoping for a more front lines account of the day to day fight from the soldiers perspective, but it was mostly a review of things from a headquarters view, except for the last chapter where you had some first hand account of a small encounter. I have read books about the American forces involved in Afghanistan and those told more of the life or death struggle during each battle, as to how hard our soldiers actually fought during operation medusa. I learned a few things from this book, but was lacking a bit of personal feel.
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