The Explosive True Story of the SAS and the Secret War in Iraq.
Soon after British and American forces invaded Iraq they faced an insurgency that was almost impossible to understand, let alone reverse. Facing defeat, the Coalition waged a hidden war within a war. Major-General Stan McChrystal devised a campaign fusing special forces, aircraft, and the latest surveillance technology with the aim of taking down the enemy faster than it could regenerate.
Guided by intelligence, a small British special forces team met the car bombers' fire with fire and accounted for thousands of insurgents.
Mark Urban is the Diplomatic and Defence Editor for BBC 2's Newsnight and has covered diplomatic and defence matters for more than 20 years at the BBC.
His major stories have included: the 1990 invasions of Iraq and subsequent Desert Storm campaign; the collapse of the Soviet Union; the Oslo peace process in the Middle East; the wars that broke out in the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s as well as the diplomacy that stopped them; the second Palestinian Intifada; 9/11 and its aftermath; the Coalition campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq; and the Arab Spring.
Mark Urban became a Trustee for the Royal Armouries in September 2012.