By James Fergusson
In April 2006 a small British peace-keeping strength was once despatched to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. inside weeks they have been bring to an end and besieged by way of many of the world's hardest combatants: the notorious Taliban, who have been made up our minds to ship the foreigners domestic back. Defence Secretary John Reid had was hoping that Operation Herrick four will be complete with no shot being fired; in its place, the military was once drawn into the fiercest combating it had noticeable for 50 years. hundreds of thousands of bullets and millions of lives were expended due to the fact then in an under-publicized yet sour clash whose finish continues to be no longer in sight. a few humans think about it the fourth Anglo-Afghan conflict due to the fact that Victorian occasions. how the heck did this ensue? and what's it like for the troops at the entrance line of the 'War on Terror'?
James Fergusson takes us to the darkish middle of the conflict sector. the following, of their personal phrases and for the 1st time, are the younger veterans of Herrick four. the following, unmasked, are the civilian and armed forces officers liable for making plans and executing the operation. the following, too, are the Taliban themselves, to whom Fergusson won exact and notable entry. debatable, interesting and infrequently downright terrifying, A Million Bullets analyses the sorry slide into conflict in Helmand and asks this such a lot troubling query: may perhaps Britain maybe have shunned the violence altogether?
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