A thrilling and highly newsworthy military adventure in the burning rubble of Islamic State.
Ex-British Army soldier John Carney was running a close protection operation for oil executives in Iraq when the family of a young Dutch woman asked him to extract her from the collapsing 'Islamic State' in Syria. Hearing first-hand about the naive young girls, many from the West, who'd been tricked, sexually abused and enslaved by ISIS, he knew only one thing - he had to get them out of that living hell.
This is the incredible true story of how - armed with AK-47s and 9mm Glocks - Carney launched a daring, dangerous and deadly operation to free as many of them as he could. From 2016 to 2019, he led his small band of committed Kurdish freedom fighters into the heart of the Syrian lead storm.
Backed by humanitarian NGOs, and feeding intel to MI6, Carney and his men went behind enemy lines to deliver the women and their children to the authorities, to deradicalization programmes and fair trials.
Carney, a born soldier, was moved to action by the women's terrifying stories. He and his men risked their lives daily, not always making it safely home...
Gripping, shocking and thought-provoking, Operation Jihadi Bride tackles the complex issue of the jihadi brides head on - an essential read for our troubled times.
'An extraordinary book,'
Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live
'Gripping. Adrenalin fuelled true-life account with all the makings of a military thriller,'
Soldier Magazine Book of the Month
'Fascinating... Incredibly dangerous,'
Ben Machel, The Times
If it were fiction you'd think it improbable. So much courage and so cool under threat, John Carney is a man on a mission. I can see Tom Cruise playing the role . But the story is richer than just an adventure because it fires up a moral debate - do those girls deserve to be rescued from their own foolishness in going and joining Isis? Aren't they traitors? What would you say if one of them were your own daughter?
A very well written book that immerses you into another world, we get an action packed glimpse at what it takes to rescue woman in a war zone and life behind the scenes in Syria, I could not put it down.
This is one of the best books I’ve read for a long time. A true insight into something that is more than often swept under the rug by politicians. John Carney, an ex-British soldier, embarks on a rescue mission, the target being a Jihadi bride and her two children. The story is a raw account of how young girls are hoodwinked into joining the Islamic State, are then abused, terrified and desperate to escape. The author expertly draws the reader into a fast-paced narrative, brimming with dread and danger, but with aspects enough to rip the hardest heart to shreds. An excellent piece of writing not to be missed.
Thrilling, factual account of the world of private covert ops.
This book is a classic of its kind (and I say that as an author with some knowledge of the world described). The writing is superb, spare, with no unnecessary frills but nail-bitingly tense. The author takes us into, not one, but two totally separate worlds. The first is the world of private covert operations, of guns for hire, of murky relationships with the state actors, it is a field with which he obviously has first-hand experience and which he describes expertly. The second world is the world of the extremist, the armed Jihadi, who must be confronted if his rescue missions are to succeed. And succeed they did. This is a story of courage under fire, of idealism and of unimaginable danger, deprivation and hardship. It is brilliantly told, authentic and as thrilling as only a true story can be. Read it.
And a true story to boot.
This is a lovely hardback book about a true story of a warrior fighting isis and rescuing young girls.
I will not give away any of the story, but my advice is to buy this book, read it and form your own views.
I loved it..
As part of an Amazon offer, I first listened to Operation Jihadi Bride on audible and enjoyed it sufficiently to read it on Kindle. It is a quick read, straight into the action and straight into the heart of the dilemma: what do we do with those young girls who became jihadi brides and have since changed their minds and want to come home?
While this is the theme running below the surface, the book tells the story of the heroic John Carney who set about saving the girls from the crumbling Islamic State first and thought about the politics after. Hounded all the while by MI6, whose policy was to leave the girls there 'and let them die,' while they greedily gleaned all the intelligence from Carney that they could.
The book is well written, moving (it brought tears to my eyes on a number of occasions) and should be sent to every politician and every Muslim leader so that they can discover the inside story of Islamic States and the young women it tricked into joining them. Essential reading - and listening.
The account of the actions unfolds like a la Carre novel, as co-author Clifford Thurlow brings Carney and a cast of colourful characters to life.
Fascinating ... incredible dangerous.
An extraordinary book,' Nihal Arthanayake
BBC Radio 5 Live