WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new book is to be released about the American withdraw from Afghanistan.
America’s chaotic retreat from Afghanistan in 2021 was nothing short of a horror show. Women and children were trampled to death outside the gates of the Kabul airfield.
Desperate Afghans fell from the landing gear of departing planes. Taliban fighters mercilessly whipped and humiliated U.S. civilians trying to access the few square miles still controlled by American forces. Countless Afghan interpreters were abandoned to the mercy of the Taliban after risking their lives alongside American troops for years. And thirteen U.S. service members—eleven of whom were still in preschool on 9/11—were murdered in an ISIS suicide bombing that could easily have been prevented.
Still, the full story is worse than anyone imagined. Drawing from hundreds of hours of first-person interviews, investigative reporter Jerry Dunleavy and former Army Captain and Afghanistan veteran James Hasson provide an exclusive, no-holds-barred account of the disastrous events of August 2021 in their new book Kabul: The Untold Story of Biden’s Fiasco and the American Warriors Who Fought to the End. Kabul is packed with shocking and infuriating exclusive details about fatal politics and bureaucracy that contributed to the catastrophe. The authors also tell, for the first time, inspiring stories of the bravery and sacrifices exhibited by countless Americans on the ground.
The original reporting in Kabul includes eyewitness accounts from servicemembers of all ranks who participated the rescue effort, inside information from senior intelligence officials, interviews with high-ranking members of allied governments, harrowing stories from Americans and Afghan allies willfully abandoned by craven officials in Washington, and exclusive details about veteran-led rescue missions that continue to this day. Chapter after chapter, Kabul shows American government at its worst and “ordinary” Americans at their best.
Ultimately, this book explains how Biden’s Afghanistan retreat spurred a dangerous new era that will persist for decades. While Americans watched the fall of Afghanistan with disbelief, our nation’s enemies were also paying close attention.
Jerry Dunleavy is an investigative reporter who has focused on the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community, and the national security arena at the Washington Examiner for half a decade. He has published numerous groundbreaking stories of national importance, ranging from China’s coverup of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan to the FBI’s atrocious mishandling of the Trump-Russia investigation. He frequently appears for in-depth discussions on Fox News and C-SPAN.
James Hasson is a former Army captain, graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School, and Afghanistan veteran who received the Bronze Star. He is deeply embedded in the active-duty military and veteran communities and assisted in the veteran-led evacuation efforts of Afghan allies and American citizens in August 2021. He has published articles on military and foreign policy issues in the New York Post, Washington Examiner, and other publications, and has appeared on media programs ranging from Tucker Carlson Tonight and Fox & Friends to NPR. Hasson’s first book,Stand Down, was released in 2019.