Further Reading

Our Afghan allies and their Team Alpha and Green Beret partners fought and moved on horseback as a cavalry force, and the group became known as the “Horse Soldiers.” For further information about the Horse Soldiers, we recommend the following.

“First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11,” by Toby Harnden, 2021.

“The Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan,” by Doug Stanton, 2010.

“Swords of Lightning: Green Beret Horse Soldiers and America's Response to 9/11,” by Mark Nutsch, Bob Pennington, Jim DeFelice, 2022.

12 Strong: The declassified true store of the horse soldiers

The movie version of Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.