Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: RAND Counterinsurgency by Seth G. Jones

By Seth G. Jones

This research explores the character of the insurgency in Afghanistan, the major demanding situations and successes of the crusade, and the features essential to salary potent counterinsurgency operations. It argues that profitable counterinsurgency calls for powerful indigenous protection forces, specially police; a plausible and bonafide neighborhood govt; and the suppression of exterior help for insurgents.

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Government cannot provide training or advice, or provide any financial support, for police, prisons, or other law enforcement forces for any foreign government or any program of internal intelligence or surveil- 20 Trinquier, Modern Warfare, p. 43; Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare, p. 31. 21 Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare, p. 72. 22 Michael McClintock, The American Connection (London: Zed Books, 1985); Martha K. : Duke University Press, 1998). S. stability operations after 1989 rendered the 1974 legislation largely obsolete.

COL Walter M. The Age of Insurgency 31 ple, Taliban and jihadist forces conducted a series of offensive attacks in Kandahar, Khowst, Nangarhar, Kabul, and other Afghan provinces. This marked the beginning of the latest insurgency. After 2002, insurgent groups waged an increasingly violent campaign in Afghanistan despite political progress. In January 2004, for example, Afghans adopted a new constitution. In October 2004, they elected Hamid Karzai as president, despite efforts by the Taliban and other insurgent groups to target those involved in the election.

Norton, 2004); Coll, Ghost Wars, pp. 327–344, 363–365, 379–386, 400–415. 7 On the overthrow of the Taliban regime, see Schroen, First In; Biddle, Afghanistan and the Future of Warfare; Berntsen and Pezzullo, Jawbreaker; and Woodward, Bush at War. S. : Headquarters United States Air Force AF/XOL, February 2005); Paul L. Hastert, “Operation Anaconda: Perception Meets Reality in the Hills of Afghanistan,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 28, No. 1, January–February 2005, pp. 11–20; and Sean Naylor, Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda (New York: Berkley Books, 2005).

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