In 2001 the Canadian government sent elements of the elite Joint Task Force 2 counter-terrorist unit to Afghanistan to assist the United States in its global war on terror in the country as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Withdrawn a year later, after a brief hiatus, JTF 2 returned to Afghanistan in 2005 to once again assist the Americans with the desperate struggle in the shadows to capture or kill Taliban leaders, facilitators, and bomb makers.
No Ordinary Men peels back the cloak of secrecy and reveals four untold special operations that JTF 2 operators conducted in 2005–06 in which their courage, tenacity, and impressive capabilities meant the difference between life and death. The book takes the reader to the Taliban sanctuaries deep in the Afghan hinterlands and provides a glimpse of Canada’s remarkable legacy in special operations. Moreover, the JTF 2 missions exposed confirm that Canada’s special operations forces operators are truly no ordinary men.
Colonel Bernd Horn is an experienced infantry officer and the former deputy commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. Dr. Horn is also an adjunct professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada and has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited more than 25 books, including Fortune Favours the Brave: Tales of Courage and Tenacity in Canadian Military History, Show No Fear: Daring Actions in Canadian Military History, and The Canadian Way of War: Serving the National Interest.