Category Taliban

How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong

David Maxwell Comment:  Another long read about the heroism of Americans despite mistakes made. How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong By Dan Vergano, www.buzzfeed.com View Original October 17th, 2017 The Chinook helicopters lifted off, and Richard Hunter’s mind was at ease. It was Nov. 2, 2016, and he was strapped into one of two […]

SecDef Mattis At AUSA: The Threats The U.S. Military Must Be Prepared For

Secretary Mattis at AUSA: The Threats the US Military Must be Prepared For – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by Liam Collins · October 12, 2017 Secretary of Defense James Mattis kicked off the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Monday. The meeting is billed as the “largest landpower exposition and professional development […]

Back To Nation-Building In Afghanistan. Good: By Max Boot

Back To Nation-Building In Afghanistan. Good. By Max Boot, www.nytimes.com View Original August 22nd, 2017 Members of the Afghan National Army training with United States Army soldiers in Afghanistan last year. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York TimesPhoto by: Adam Ferguson for The New York Times After a torturous and protracted White House review, President Trump […]

A True Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Is Trump’s Only Hope

Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  It is my belief that no external nation/military can conduct effective counterinsurgency in another country.  An external military that conducts counterinsurgency becomes by definition an occupying power or a […]

Chaos And Order In A Changing World 

Chaos And Order In A Changing World by Dr Henry Kissinger capx.co · August 2, 2017 Lady Thatcher was one of the most significant leaders of our period. Decisive, effervescent, courageous, loyal, she was dedicated to shaping the future rather than following the recommendations of focus groups. I first met her in the early 1970s, when […]

Frustrated By Pace/Lack Of Progress In Afghanistan – POTUS Trump Reportedly Considers Firing U.S. Commander

Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing U.S. Commander: Officials Steve Holland and John Walcott  www.reuters.com View Original August 3rd, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander […]

Industry Talk: The Historic Implications Of Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan

Industry Talk: The Historic Implications Of Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan By Matt, feraljundi.com View Original So folks, I have been waiting a bit to post on this because so much has been written about it and I wanted to see where it goes. Basically Erik Prince came up with a plan for Afghanistan that would have historic implications […]

Videos Suggest Russian Government May Be Arming Taliban

Shocking!  Not.  RCP Excerpt: U.S. generals first suggested they were concerned the Russian government was seeking to arm the Afghan insurgents back in April, but images from the battlefield here corroborating these claims have been hard to come by.   These two videos show sniper rifles, Kalashnikov variants and heavy machine guns that weapons experts […]

How Did Taliban Fighters Get Their Hands On U.S. Special-Operations Gear?

How Did Taliban Fighters Get Their Hands On U.S. Special-Operations Gear? By Twitter, www.businessinsider.com View Original July 18th, 2017 A screenshot from the “Omari Army 5″ propaganda video appears to show a Taliban fighter wielding an FN SCAR rifle. Screenshot/Al Emarah Studio Taliban fighters are packing new American-made heat — at least, according to their propaganda videos. […]

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer Friday, July 14, 2017 1:34pm www.tampabay.com View Original July 14th, 2017 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sat down for an interview Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Times in his office at MacDill Air […]