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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. The Saudi-Iranian proxy war escalates: good news for the U.S., 2. Sri Lanka's civil war is not really over. The Saudi-...

ABC News has procured Taliban video of the 2008 attack on COP Wanat. For background, see here, here, and here.

Losing Kilcullen - Greg Grant, DoD Buzz Forget the Vietnam analogies. Influential Australian counterinsurgency adviser, David Kilcullen, says the Obama administration risks a Suez style disaster if...

While on his way today to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed to reporters (in the course of blasting anonymous leakers) a few snippets from the Obama administration's...

US Envoy Resists Increase in Troops - Greg Jaffe, Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The US ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the past week expressing...

I wrote this essay a little more than five years ago, back in April 2004. The story, however, is not dated. Like most soldiers, I've lost some of those I was connected to in these wars we have been...

Obama Receives New Afghan Option - Peter Spiegel and Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama on Wednesday will consider a new compromise plan for adding troops to Afghanistan that...

Standing Tall in Harm's Way - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, some commentaries have examined the damage to the US Army from the wars in Iraq...

World War I -- known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France....

Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Awaiting Orders, Repairing Trucks H/T Captain Crispin Burke.

Will vigilantes in Mexico succeed where the police and army have failed? Will it take a Mexican "Los Pepes" movement to effectively battle Mexico's drug cartels? Two recent stories from Mexico hint...

Afghans React To Possible U.S. Troop Surge By Sean Maroney, Voice of America Kabul 09 November 2009 As U.S. President Barack Obama debates with his advisers on whether to increase the number of...

A Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Over at Foreign Policy's AfPak Channel - AfPak Experts Advise Obama. As the Obama administration ponders the way forward in Afghanistan, the AfPak Channel reached out to experts who have lived in...

Obama Leaning Toward 34,000 More Troops for Afghanistan - Jonathan S. Landay, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers. President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than...

The Taliban's Political Program - Dan Green, Armed Forces Journal. At their core, insurgencies are about political power struggles, usually between a central government and those who reject its...

The War of New Words - William F. Owen, Armed Forces Journal. War isn't just transforming - it's ushering in a whole new language to describe conflict, and this language is used in a way that pays...

The Good - Jules Crittenden at Forward Movement The Bad - Michael Moss at The New York Times The Ugly - Andrew Bast at Newsweek And the Hero - Rich Shapiro at The New York Daily News

Bumped to the top - weekend surge anyone? We really, really, try to avoid inter-service rivalries but will make an exception in this one case -- because it is for a really good and noble cause, we...

New Afghan War Headache: Not Enough Troops Available? - David Wood, Politics Daily. Beneath Washington's political squabbling over a new war strategy for Afghanistan is a deeper concern, this one...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Was it a mistake to send a Stryker brigade to Afghanistan? 2) U.S. troop morale may be slipping in Afghanistan. Was it a...

Afghanistan: Connecting Assumptions and Strategy - Colonel T. X. Hammes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), Major William S. McCallister, U.S. Army (Retired), and Colonel John M. Collins, U.S. Army (...

The Horror, the Horror: Afghanistan Edition By Judah Grunstein Cross-posted at World Politics Review A paper by Maj. Jim Gant, titled, "One Tribe at a Time" (.pdf), has been getting all sorts of...

Going Tribal in Afghanistan - James Dao, New York Times. In Washington, the debate over Afghanistan seems to center around two broad ideas: counterinsurgency versus counterterrorism. Should the...

Should Obama Order Afghan War Troop Surge? Troops Say Maybe Not. - Tom A. Peter, Christian Science Monitor. As President Obama and his top advisers make their final decisions on whether to send 40,...

In response to e-mails referencing the fighting cited in my Afghanistan trip report at SWJ and Westwrite, here is a video of three firefights. They illustrate why adding more US troops is separate...

Confronting the Hydra: Big Problems with Small Wars - Lieutenant Colonel Mark O'Neill, Lowy Institute. Australia's current role in Afghanistan is the latest experience in a long history of...

For aficionados of security assistance programs, the Stimson Center's blog on national security budget issues has a quick summary of what security assistance funding is in the FY10 National Defense...

DC Cabbies on Afghanistan - Lydia Khalil, Washington Post opinion. ... And herein lies the lesson for the Obama administration: decide already. No matter how many more opinions you seek, they will...

U.S. Options and the Karzai Brothers - The Editors, Room for Debate, The New York Times. Hamid Karzai was declared winner of the presidential vote in Afghanistan on Monday after his challenger,...