Billy Waugh

Billy Waugh has worked for more than fifty years and in more than sixty countries as a U.S. Army Special Forces active duty or CIA ground soldier. He was among the first U.S. soldiers to join the Special Forces in 1954 and was among the first to be called a Green Beret. In 1994, Waugh was the team leader of a four-man CIA group that laid the groundwork for the capture of Carlos the Jackal, the world's most wanted man at that time. He fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars among other conflicts, and most recently, at the age of 72, was a team member of a combined Special Forces/CIA takedown unit hunting down Al Qaeda, Taliban, and Chechen forces inside Afghanistan. Billy's memoir, Hunting the Jackal, was published by HarperCollins.

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Hunting the Jackal: A CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's Enemies

by Billy Waugh with Tim Keown

Spanning more than five decades, here is a riveting true account of fighting America's enemies around the world - told by the soldier/operative who was there.

Billy Waugh does not consider himself a hero - even though he has lurked in the shadows and on the periphery on many of the most significant events of the past half-century on active duty with the U.S. Army Special Forces and the CIA, fighting enemies of the United States. In Hunting the Jackal, this legendary warrior reveals the extraordinary events of his life and career, offering a point-by-point eyewitness account of the historical events in which he participated.

Serving in Korea and Vietnam, Waugh was among the first Green Berets in 1963. He has helped train Libyan commandos in the Sahara Desert, while spying on Russian missile sites in Benghazi, and he worked against Carribean drug runners. He was the first CIA operative to watch Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum, and in 1994 he captured the notorious Carlos the Jackal in Sudan - a story that until now has never been told.

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