The Surge The Whole Story: Since the invasion in 2003, hundreds of thousands of troops from 40 countries had deployed to Iraq but, by 2007, sectarian violence was on the rise and Iraq was descending into chaos. The situation was desperate and required a new strategy...the Surge. Over 20,000 additional combat troops were sent to Iraq. A year later, the rates of violence and sectarian killing had plummeted and the fledgling government of Iraq was gaining support. The mission to restore order in a failed state succeeded beyond all expectations. THE SURGE: THE WHOLE STORY is a definitive account from those who were there. Every senior military officer and official who participated in the Surge was interviewed. They share their impressions, doubts, and the rationale beyond their gut-wrenching decisions. They tell about the new programs they developed, the now legendary SONS OF IRAQ and SUNNI AWAKENING. THE SURGE: THE WHOLE STORY. Told by those who were there. Real people. Real heroes.