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Dagger 22

Dagger 22

U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

Michael Golembesky

St. Martin's Press


The sequel to New York Times bestseller Level Zero Heroes

Level Zero Heroes
, Michael Golembesky's bestselling account of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, was just the beginning for these now battle-hardened special operations warriors.
The unforgiving Afghan winter has settled upon the 22 men of Marine Special Operations Team 8222, callsign Dagger 22, in the remote and hostile river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters in the region would have liked nothing more than to once again go dormant and rest until the new spring fighting season began. No chance of that—this winter would be different.
Along with Afghan and International Security Forces (NATO), the Marines of Dagger 22 continued their fight throughout the harsh winter to shape the battlefield before the Afghan ground began to thaw. From one firefight to the next, the noose began to tighten around the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command cell operating there. On April 6, 2010, a ground force consisting of U.S. Army Special Forces, Afghan Commandos and Marine Corps special operations conducted a night assault to destroy the heavily entrenched Taliban force, breaking their grip on the valley and stopping the spring offensive before it even began.
But nothing in Bala Murghab comes easily as combat operations wear on the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on each other once again in order to complete their mission in one of the most brutal environments on earth.




DECEMBER 31, 2009



Life in Bala Murghab was like living in exile. The days became routine...

Praise for Dagger 22

"One of the better battle memoirs to date from the war in Afghanistan. . . . An unvarnished look at how this small team lived and worked together to carry out a very difficult mission under trying circumstances. . . . The story of these brave Americans is told with both empathy and humor, showing the often dark wit and comradery of fighting men in isolated outposts and the loss they feel when one of their most popular teammates is killed in action." —New York Journal of Books -

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Michael Golembesky

STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL GOLEMBESKY served 8 years with the United States Marine Corps and is a combat veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Golembesky served as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller with Marine Special Operations Team 8222 (MARSOC). His previous book, Level Zero Heroes, was a New York Times bestseller.

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