Academic journal article Military Review

The Snake Eaters: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq

Academic journal article Military Review

The Snake Eaters: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq

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THE SNAKE EATERS: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq

Owen West, Free Press, New York, 2012, 352 pages, $26.00.

In The Snake Eaters, Owen West depicts the complex relationship between an Iraqi Battalion (3/3-1, the "Snake Eaters") and their U.S. advisors (the "Outcasts") in Habbaniyah, Iraq, in the Anbar Province from September 2005 to February 2007.

West is a third-generation Marine who served two tours in Iraq. From October 2006 until February 2007, he served as a Marine Reservist advisor to the Snake Eaters. He uses his personal experience in the later portion of the book and relies on exhaustive research and interviews for the majority of the volume. His father is Bing West, the author of many books on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Snake Eaters is a snapshot of a complex period in the Iraq War. As the book opens, Iraq is experiencing a dramatic increase in insurgent attacks and the United States is responding.

The book is an excellent case study on the challenges and difficulties of counterinsurgency. West blends culture, civilian populace, insurgents, the Iraqi Army, and U.S. advisors and forces operating near Habbaniyah. …

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