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Operation Jihadi Bride

My Covert Mission to Rescue Young Women from ISIS - The Incredible True Story

John Carney Clifford Thurlow Clifford Thurlow



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11 July 2019
'Jihad isn't a war. It's an objective. An aberration. If there are young women with children, lost boys... If they are trapped in that hell and we can get them out, don't we have a duty to do so? Every person we can bring back is living proof that Islamic State is a failure.' Ex-British Army Soldier, John Carney, ran a close protection operation in Iraq for oil executives when he was asked by the family of a young Dutch woman to extract her from the collapsing 'Islamic State' in Syria. Hearing first-hand of the shocking living hell of tricked naive young girls, many from the West, trapped, sexually abused and enslaved by ISIS, he knew only one thing - he had to get them out.

This is the incredible true story of how - armed with AK-47s and 9mm Glocks - he launched a daring, dangerous and deadly operation to free as many as he could. From 2016 to 2019, Carney led his small band of committed Kurdish freedom fighters into the heart of the Syrian lead storm.

Backed by humanitarian NGOs, and feeding intel to MI6, Carney and his men went behind enemy lines, risking their lives to deliver the women and their children to the authorities, to de-radicalisation programmes and fair trials.

For Carney, a born soldier, the women's terrifying stories moved him into action as he and his men risked their lives daily, not always making it safely home...

Gripping, shocking and thought-provoking, OPERATION JIHADI BRIDE takes the complex issue of the Jihadi brides head on - an essential read for our troubled times.
By:   John Carney, Clifford Thurlow, Clifford Thurlow
Imprint:   Monoray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   430g
ISBN:   9781913183028
ISBN 10:   1913183025
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   11 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

John Carney (Author) John Carney, 42, served six years in the Yorkshire Regiment and did two tours in Northern Ireland. He was a team leader in Iraq with Aegis Defence Services, the multi-million-pound private security firm set up by Colonel Tim Spicer. He has operated a close protection service in Iraq since 2011 and currently organizes deradicalization programmes on the Syrian/Turkish border. To protect his family, the name John Carney is a pseudonym. Names of his family and colleagues have been changed. Clifford Thurlow (Author) Clifford Thurlow has lived all over the world and has worked as a gem stone dealer and a foreign correspondent for the Observer in Athens. The winner of the London Arts Board New Millennium Prize for short fiction, he is best known as a ghostwriter. His recent books include: Making A Killing, the inside story of a hired gun in Iraq, and Escape from Baghdad with Captain James Ashcroft; Fatwa, Living with a Death Threat for Jacky Trevane; and Today I'm Alice for Alice Jamieson.

Reviews for Operation Jihadi Bride: My Covert Mission to Rescue Young Women from ISIS - The Incredible True Story

An extraordinary book. * Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live * Gripping. Adrenalin fuelled true-life account with all the makings of a military thriller. * Soldier Magazine * Fascinating... Incredibly dangerous. * The Times *

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