Traces the October 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating by Taliban forces near the Pakistan border, citing the conflict's status as one of the deadliest battles for U.S. forces and the controversial subsequent Pentagon ruling that the outpost should nothave been there in the first place.
<div><div><b>The basis of</b><b> the film starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, <i>The Outpost</i> is the </b><b>heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan, acclaimed by critics everywhere as a classic.</b></div><div><br></div>At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place. <br><br>In <i>The Outpost</i>, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest.<div><br></div><div><b>"<i>The Outpost</i> is a mind-boggling, all-too-true story of heroism, hubris, failed strategy, and heartbreaking sacrifice. If you want to understand how the war in Afghanistan went off the rails, you need to read this book." -- Jon Krakauer</b></div></div>