Ghosts In The Military Machine

Among the world's elite special operations forces few match the secretive nature of Canada's Joint Task Force Two aka JTF2. Deployed around the globe to rugged and dangerous war zones -  Afghanistan, Nepal, Zaire, Haiti, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Central African Republic - JTF2 commandos conduct their operations under a veil of secrecy that rivals the British SAS or America's Delta Force. In 2002 author and journalist David Pugliese published the bestseller Canada's Secret Commandos: The Unauthorized Story of Joint Task Force Two, the first comprehensive book on JTF2. The book features never before seen photos of JTF2 in action and details on the unit's history, missions, training and combat techniques.

After the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 the hunt for  Osama Bin Laden and the agents of Al Qaeda have engaged the world's special forces in an unprecedented war on terrorism. Pugliese's Shadow Wars: Special Forces in the New Battle Against Terrorism, published in late 2003, explores the global effort to combat these elusive terror groups. It continues coverage of JTF2 in Afghanistan with new details about its missions. The book also contains chapters on operations conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq by  U. S. Army Green Berets and Delta Force, U. S. Navy SEALs, Air Force and CIA special operations troops, along with Australia's Special Air Service, the British SAS and SBS and Poland's GROM.

At this website you can learn more about these two controversial books as well as read additional news coverage of Joint Task Force Two. The Image Gallery contains a variety of photos of Special Forces conducting operations around the globe and the Links page provides a direct route to the JTF2 website in addition to links for Special Operations Command (SOC) and Australian Special Operations Command.
 
 
 
The Unauthorized Story of  Joint Task Force Two
 
   Canada's Secret Commandos marks the first time that extensive information has been published about this country's answer to the British SAS, Going behind the scenes, the book uncovers the inner-workings of the Canadian military's most elite unit, Joint Task Force Two.
   JTF2's creation and most secret plans are recounted, including details about its mission to Afghanistan, its bid to rescue Canadian peacekeepers held hostage in Bosnia and an even more dangerous scheme to launch an attack on terrorists in Peru.
   The book is the first to detail Canadian commando missions in Nepal, Zaire, Haiti, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Central African Republic. Closer to home, highly secret operations in Canada are revealed, including missions against militant native groups in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
   To tell the JTF2 story, author David Pugliese relies on previously classified government documents as well as dozens of interviews with Canadian military personnel.
   Canada's Secret Commandos features never before seen photos of JTF2 soldiers in action and catalogues, for the first time, the training, weapons and combat techniques used by this country's most elite troops.
 Reviews
 
"The most significant media coverage."
 
- JTF2 2002 Annual Historical Report
 
"Highly recommended reading for the serious student of counter-terrorist elite units."
 
- Combat Diver Association of Canada
 
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     The photographs of JTF2 operators and the JTF2 crest contained in this website were taken from the books Shadow Wars: Special Forces in the New Battle Against Terrorism and Canada's Secret Commandos: The Unauthorized Story of Joint Task Force Two. They were provided by DND's Public Affairs branch as well as released into the public domain via a request made under the Canadian government's Access to Information law. This website is in no way affiliated with the Department of National Defence or JTF2.
 
Shadow Wars
Special Forces in the New Battle Against Terrorism
 
   Special forces units around the world have played a critical, though often secretive, role since war was declared on global terrorism following the September 11 attacks on the United States.
   Now, through compelling narrative and explosive photos, Shadow Wars reveals how these units are leading the fight.
   From the rugged mountains of Afghanistan to the vast deserts of Iraq, Shadow Wars details operations by U. S. Army Green Berets and Delta Force, U. S. Navy SEALs, Air Force and CIA special operations troops, along with Australia's Special Air Service, the British SAS and SBS, Poland's GROM, and Canada's JTF2. Also recounted is the highly-controversial raid by Russia's Alpha Group to rescue hostages held by Chechen terrorists in Moscow in the fall of 2002.
   For the first time, Shadow Wars brings together more than 80 photos of special forces in action in the war against terrorism, some never before made public.
   Author David Pugliese uncovered the inner workings of the Canadian military's Joint Task Force Two, and once again offers a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the world of covert warfare.
 
 
Reviews
 
"Written seriously enough to suit historians, Shadow Wars includes some vivid accounts of close-combat and body counts likely to please action buffs."
 
 - Times Colonist
 
"The author's second book on special forces which includes rare coverage of the Canadian military special operations unit, Joint Task Force Two (JTF2).
Contains photos never previously published."
 
- Combat Diver Association of Canada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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