Influential ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper has a new book coming out in November entitled The Outpost, about the battle of Outpost Keating in 2009 that the Taliban lost but inflicted high casualties on American troops and led to an ignominious withdrawal. Tapper’s PR folks have sent me an advance review copy, and at first glance, the book uncomfortably reminded me of Sebastian Junger’s WAR.
Sure enough, the site of Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan is compared by Tapper to Junger’s deadly Korengal valley by page 6. The xenophobic and remote Nuristanis were the last Afghans to convert to Islam, only by force, in the 1890′s. Their distant kin, the Kalash, are polytheists still. Great place for an American outpost.
Looks like a gripping story. Will review in the near future.