Michael Yon

Former Green Beret Michael Yon is hands-down the best and most exciting battlefield reporter working today, internationally renowned for his dispatches and photos seen by millions around the world. Yon, who has spent more time embedded with U.S. combat forces in Iraq than any journalist in the world, is totally independent and has never been co-opted by Left or Right, Military or Media. Yon’s blunt reporting often angered the top brass. But our fighting soldiers and officers trust Michael Yon and point him to the hottest spots and biggest stories.

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CHAPTER ONE

Be Not Afraid

You should cross the barren desert
but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety
though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands
and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.
Be not afraid, I go before you always.
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

- From a Prayer card I found on a base in Anbar Province, Iraq.

* Buqubah, Iraq, June 19, 2007 *

Thoughts flow on the eve of the great battle. By the time you read these words, we will be in combat, Few ears have heard even rumors of this battle, and fewer still are the eyes that will see its full scope. Even now – for the battle has already begun for some – little news of it reaches home. I have known of the plans for a month, but have remained silent.

This campaign, a series of carefully orchestrated battalion – and brigade-sized operations, is collectively the largest battle since “major hostilities” ended more than four years ago. Even the media here on the ground do not seem to have sensed its scale.


Michael Yon

Former Green Beret Michael Yon is an exciting battlefield reporter working in Iraq is internationally renowned for his dispatches and photos seen by millions around the world.
 
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