One Tribe At a Time

One Tribe At a Time

The Paper that Changed the War in Afghanistan

By: Jim Gant 
Introduction by: Steven Pressfield
“Major Jim Gant, a man seen by many of us as the 'perfect counterinsurgent'—and inspiring, gifted, courageous leader.”

—General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.)


Team members during the May 2, 2011 U.S. military raid that killed Osama Bin Laden seized piles of Al Qaeda intelligence. One piece of evidence found in Bin Laden’s personal sleeping quarters was an English language copy of Jim Gant’s One Tribe at a Time. It contained notes in the margins consistent with others identified as written by Osama Bin Laden.

A directive from Osama Bin Laden to his intelligence chief was also discovered. It identified Jim Gant by name as an impediment to Al Qaeda’s operational objectives for eastern Afghanistan.

Bin Laden ordered that Gant be assassinated.