Category counterinsurgency

Don’t Let Kabul 2020 Look Like Saigon 1975: The Dangers Of A Precipitous Afghanistan Withdrawal – Modern War Institute

Conclusion: Despite current uncertainties, the dynamic situation in Afghanistan presents opportunities for a convergence of interests that could lead to lasting peace. The latest Asia Foundation survey reports that 64 percent of Afghans believe an intra-Afghan peace settlement is possible, the highest percentage since the survey started in 2004. To provide a peace settlement with the highest […]

Libya Conflict: Russian Mercenaries From The Shadowy Wagner Group Are Spearheading The Battle For Capital Tripoli

Libya conflict: Russian mercenaries from the shadowy Wagner Group are spearheading the battle for capital Tripoli Libya has been divided since 2014 into rival military and political camps based in the capital Tripoli and the east The Russian mercenaries are fighting for Khalifa Hifter’s forces against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Agencies Published: […]

Afghanistan Is Not Vietnam | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

Excerpts: Afghanistan today is hardly Vietnam in 1972. American military forces there are set to drop below 10,000 — and that small number is engaged only in providing air, intelligence, and other limited support to the several hundred thousand Afghans fighting the Taliban, al Qaeda, and ISIS, along with US Special Forces continuing to fight […]

I served In Afghanistan. No, It’s Not Another Vietnam: By Ryan Crocker

Excerpts: Let’s be clear. We came to Afghanistan and remain there now for one essential reason: the United States’ national security. These SIGAR interviews are about what contributes to that end and what doesn’t. I have argued that a better life for people in a misgoverned country is an essential part of that effort. It is […]

Mike Flynn’s Blunt Interview With Staffers Kicked Off The Investigation Into A Bombshell Afghanistan Report

Mike Flynn’s blunt interview with staffers kicked off the investigation into a bombshell Afghanistan report · by David Choi Retired US Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, is in the spotlight for his critical statements on America’s war in Afghanistan. His statements prompted an extensive Washington Post investigation, published Monday, […]

Douglas Lute, Former Afghan War Czar, On Report About What Americans Knew About War

Douglas Lute, Former Afghan War Czar, On Report About What Americans Knew About War December 9, 20195:27 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Douglas Lute, former Afghan War czar for the Bush and Obama administrations, about a Washington Post report, which claims the public wasn’t told the truth […]

The World’s Worst Game Of Risk Is Playing Out In Syria

Excerpts: So the U.S. retains enough of a presence to influence events somewhat, particularly by providing air cover to its local Kurdish-led partners against ISIS (although not, importantly, against America’s NATO ally Turkey, whose proxies continue to battle the Kurds in some areas despite the cease-fires). As a combatant in Syria’s civil war, the U.S. […]

Master And Chef: How Evgeny Prigozhin Led The Russian Offensive In Africa Master and Chef.  How Evgeny Prigozhin led the Russian offensive in Africa Ilya Rozhdestvensky, Roman Badanin, March 14, 2019   Since 2018, Russia has started active expansion in Africa, helping various countries on the continent, politically, financially and with military assistance. At the forefront of this expansion was the “Kremlin Chef”, a shady businessman named Evgenу Prigozhin, who fell under U.S. sanctions for […]

Will Abandonment Of The Syrian Kurds End America’s Involvement In Unconventional Warfare

Excerpt: What then is the future for unconventional warfare in American strategy? There are three viable options. One would be for the Syrian fiasco to lead U.S. policymakers to conclude that the ethical costs and strategic risks of unconventional warfare do not justify the benefits, and thus abandon it altogether or, at least, to only […]

Losing Vietnam Was A Blueprint For Losing Afghanistan

Excerpts: As Tim Bird and Alex Marshall note in Afghanistan: How the West Lost Its Way, their excellent history of the Afghan War, Hamid Karzai, the first president of the “new” Afghanistan, had to choose between constructing a merit-based government that would promote solely on ability and include a high proportion of Afghan technocrats returned from […]