A Former Combat Advisor Is Exploring the War on Terror through the Eyes of a Young Afghani

Elliot Ackerman served as a Marine infantry and special forces officer in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2011, at the height of the War on Terror. In Afghanistan, he also worked as a combat advisor to an Afghan battalion tasked with capturing senior figures in the Taliban. Ackerman has parlayed his experiences into a remarkable debut novel, Green on Blue, which chronicles the short path of a young Afghan boy from powerless orphan to “important man.” The book takes its title from the expression for military fratricide as applied to the war in Afghanistan, when a member of the Afghan Army (in a green uniform) attacks a US soldier (in a blue one). Set in a murky world of ever-shifting allegiances in the rural, mountainous region of Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, Ackerman’s novel attempts to explain why these attacks occur.

Read the rest of Elizabeth’s article on Vice.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: