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Speaker for September meeting: Mark E. Mitchell
Mark Mitchell is Former Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict.
Topic: The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, in 2001
Our presentation this month will be an AFIO NOW video interview with Mark Mitchell discussing the first battle after 9/11 which occurred in Mazar-i-Sharif, also called Mazar-e Sharif, or just Mazar, the fourth largest city in Afghanistan.
An uprising during the battle of Qala-i-Jangi - to overthrow the Taliban's Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which had been harboring al-Qaeda operatives - resulted in the death of Johnny Micheal Spann, an American paramilitary operations officer in the CIA's Special Activities Division. Spann was the first American killed in combat during this late 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. As Mitchell explains, Spann died at the Qala-i-Jangi fortress during a Taliban prisoner uprising. Mitchell describes what these early days involved as US Special Forces were brought in to treacherous terrain - human and geographic - in Afghanistan. Mitchell met up with CIA Alpha Team already in country, and later captured US-born traitor, John Walker Lindh, who admitted he was aiding the Taliban (and later sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2002).
Host: James Hughes, AFIO President, a former CIA Operations Officer
The presentation runs 40 minutes.
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