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The drive up the Panjshir valley, north of Kabul, offers both spectacle and history. Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir, remains a legend in Afghanistan, particularly among Tajiks. The famed...

Starbuck at Wings Over Iraq says Curse You, Small Wars Journal! His ire is directed at Frank Hoffman, something to do about hybrid war...

Death From Above, Outrage Down Below - David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum, New York Times opinion. In recent days, the Pentagon has made two major changes in its strategy to defeat the Taliban, Al...

Winning the Information War in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations. With overwhelming firepower, Western armies rarely lose in combat to Taliban fighters in...

Countering the Military's Latest Fad - Celeste Ward, Washington Post. When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Monday that he was dismissing Gen. David McKiernan as the top U.S. commander in...

The next stop on our trip of the northeast was to the PRT at Mehterlam in Laghman province. A Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan operates as a combined military-military-military-...

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick is now posted. Topics include - Why McChrystal? - Can an antiwar movement stop the Long War?

A Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. ... Gates's experience at Dover offers a window into what is driving him as he seeks to remake Washington's biggest and most...

Reversal in Iraq - Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations. Iraq is currently in the early stages of a negotiated end to an intense ethnosectarian war. As such, there are several contingencies...

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) - good summary of recent Af-Pk events and issues and nice interview with rogue cousin Andrew...

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education By Craig M. Mullaney If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty Seconds' worth of distance, run, Yours is the Earth and everything in it, And--...

Occupying Iraq A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority by James Dobbins, Seth G. Jones, Benjamin Runkle and Siddharth Mohandas, Rand The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from...

A Slow Road to Self-reliance - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer opinion. The six young men looked too scrawny to fulfill the high hopes placed on their shoulders. They were members of the Afghan...

Obama's Right on Target in Afghanistan - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. President Obama and his aides continue to impress with their handling of Afghanistan. Not only have they approved a...

Petraeus's Tougher Fight - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. It's a small irony of history that Gen. David Petraeus, attacked by the left for his role in revitalizing the Bush administration'...

McKiernan, McChrystal, SOF & SF vs. GPF, SOF vs. SF, AF, IW, COIN... - Join the discussion on the Small Wars Council. If the SF are the solution, why is it that one of primary LOO - develop...

PRT Nuristan is just barely in the untamed frontier of Nuristan. Tucked in the southwest corner of the province, the PRT is located at FOB Kala Gush -- at the end of the road from Mehterlam. Beyond...

U.S. Replaces Commander in Afghanistan - Peter Spiegel and Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday that he had asked for the resignation of the U.S....

Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer opinion. It is cold and wet on the vast and desolate grounds of the Kabul Military Training Center, ringed by mountains on the...

The Photo from the "Photo-Op" The Story Comes to an End - Louis Caldera Resigns The White House Report - Internal Review Video of the Flyover Photo-Op

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Military advisors for Pakistan: too little, too late? - How to speak truth to...

Pakistan Again Squares Off Against Taliban in Swat - Matthew Rosenberg, Rehmat Mehsud and Zahid Hussain, Wall Street Journal. With soldiers again squaring off against Taliban militants in the Swat...

Ex-contractor Given Probation in Slaying of Afghan - Associated Press. A former military contractor has been sentenced to probation for shooting and killing a handcuffed prisoner in Afghanistan. Don...

The Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (CAMOS), a cooperating organization of the International Studies Association (ISA) has been allocated two panels at the 2010 ISA...

Give the Afghan Army a Governance Role - Bing West, Wall Street Journal opinon. The only way to reach Viper Company of the 26th Regiment, First Infantry Division, is by helicopter. When I fly in,...

Understanding the Long War - Tom Hayden, The Nation. The concept of the "Long War" is attributed to former CENTCOM Commander Gen. John Abizaid, speaking in 2004. Leading counterinsurgency theorist...

Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counterdrug Policy - Hal Brands, US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. In late 2007, the U.S. and Mexican governments unveiled the Merida Initiative....

The helo flight to Camp Wright in Asadabad took us to the central front of the counterinsurgency battle for RC East. Kunar is the most dangerous province in the East, yet also features some vibrant...

Gian Gentile: Exposing Counterfeit COIN - Kelley B. Vlahos, Antiwar.com. ... Hadn't you heard of Gian Gentile? He shook his head. He's active duty. He's West Point, I pressed on. He's at the...

A Balanced Approach to Irregular Warfare - Admiral Eric T. Olson, The Journal of International Security Affairs. To successfully deter and confront the global insurgency threatening the world and...