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"Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not to win it for them." - T.E. Lawrence,...

US Tries New Tack Against Taliban - Anand Gopal, Wall Street Journal. The US-led coalition and the Afghan government are launching an initiative to persuade Taliban insurgents to lay down their...

Surprising Results from Afghanistan Debate - James Corum, Daily Telegraph. While the Obama administration endlessly dithers about the US committment to Afghanistan, it would do well to look at the...

Parameters, Autumn 2009 A Strategy of Tactics: Population-centric COIN and the Army by Gian P. Gentile In a sense, population-centric counterinsurgency has perverted a better way of American war...

In Afghanistan, Real Leverage Starts with More Troops - Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, Washington Post opinion. The president will soon announce the deployment of additional US forces to...

Obama's Skeptic in Chief - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. With President Obama finally ready to announce his decision about Afghanistan, it's a good time to examine the role played by Vice...

Continue on for a Voice of America update on Afghanistan...

Happy Thanksgiving "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and...

Via Zenpundit - Going Dark - First Chet Richards and now Abu Muqawama.

Here are three recent stories on Mexico's troubles that are worth reading in full: The Los Angeles Times ran a story on Richard Padilla Cramer, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who then spent over two...

How Some Retired Military Officers Became Well-paid Consultants - Tom Vanden Brook, Ken Dilanian and Ray Locker, USA Today. ... As "senior mentors," as the military calls them, the retired officers...

The Battle Over 'Hearts and Minds' - Newsweek opinions. Two fathers of fallen soldiers weigh in on the war. 'You Can't Fight a War on the Cheap' by David Brostrom and 'The Military Command Is Making...

In 3 Tacks for Afghan War, a Game of Trade-Offs - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. Should President Obama decide to send 40,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan, the most ambitious plan...

No Substitute for Victory - William Kristol and Frederick W. Kagan, Weekly Standard opinion. Can the United States win the war in Afghanistan? The antiwar left has long held the war is unwinnable....

Afghan Tribes to the Rescue? - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. While military officers wait for President Obama to conclude his agonizingly slow review of Afghanistan policy, they've been...

As Afghans Resist Taliban, US Spurs Rise of Militias - Dexter Filkens, New York Times. American and Afghan officials have begun helping a number of anti-Taliban militias that have independently...

Via Kings of War and Colonel Phil Ridderhof, USMC, (H/T to both) - The UK's Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 3-40: Security and Stabilisation: The Military Contribution. JDP 3-40 provides joint,...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) What happens when the U.S. and Pakistan split up? 2) America's Asian allies examine their options. What happens when the...

U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Workshop Videos - Watch the presentations from the COIN Center's COIN Leaders Workshop held 27 - 29 October 2009. Includes a COIN Center overview, COIN...

Positive Petraeus Lessons - Mary Claire Kendall, Washington Times opinion. The essence of counterinsurgency strategy (COIN), integral to defeating Sept. 11, 2001-type extremists infecting various...

The massacre at Fort Hood is a reminder that the War on Terror is not fought just in south Afghanistan or Mosul. It is a global war also fought in an office building inside a military base in Texas....

Counterinsurgency: The Challenge for NATO Strategy and Operations (250 pages - pdf). Produced by the NATO Defense College and edited by Dr. Christopher Schnaubelt, this document includes an...

Mr. Obama's Task - New York Times editorial. There is no doubt that the prospects for success in Afghanistan are so bleak right now because former President George W. Bush failed for seven long...

Understanding the Surge from ISW on Vimeo. The Surge: the Untold Story is a 34 minute documentary produced by the Institute for the Study of War. This video documents the Iraq Surge as part of a...

Afghan Corruption Concerns US Policy Planners - Gary Thomas, Voice of America. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been roundly criticized in the international community for presiding over a...

The latest U.S. Army / Marine Corps COIN Center SITREP - Includes Counterinsurgency, Stability Operations, and Security Forces Assistance updates.

Army Tells its Soldiers to 'Bribe' the Taleban - Michael Evans, The Times. British forces should buy off potential Taleban recruits with "bags of gold", according to a new army field manual...

1st Battalion, 5th Marines PowerPoint AAR - COIN in Helmand: After the Clear, Thoughts and Tips on Non Kinetic Actions - most certainly worth a thousand words.

A Blue Line in Afghanistan - Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Post opinion. As President Obama wrestles with whether to send more troops to Afghanistan despite widespread corruption in the government of...