Small Wars Journal

Bloody Week in Afghanistan Brings Back Memories of Never-Ending War

Bloody Week in Afghanistan Brings Back Memories of Never-Ending War by Jonathan S. Addleton - Global Atlanta

News from yesterday that Gen. Abdul Raziq, age 39, the Afghan police chief responsible for security in southern Afghanistan, was killed during a meeting at the Governor’s Palace in the province of Kandahar, brought back many memories: Indeed, my final meeting with senior Afghan officials several years ago involved Gen. Raziq and took place in the same compound where he was killed.

The provincial intelligence chief was also killed in Thursday’s attack, which injured two Americans.  Remarkably, Gen. Scott Miller, the new commander of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan who attended the same meeting, was left unscathed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Striking such a high-level security forum among senior military officials sent a strong message, both to the Afghan government and to the international community: We can strike anywhere and even the most senior of your military leaders cannot escape our reach…

Read on.


Bill C.

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 11:49am

Given the track record of the other great power -- who, likewise, attempted to "transform" Central Asia more along modern/secular political, economic, social and value lines -- a "forever war" should have been understood/anticipated?


The role of Islam as a source of resistance to Soviet rule attracted even more scholarly attention. In short, it was commonly viewed as the dominant social force in Central Asia and, more importantly, as purely an oppositional one. More specifically, because modernization is equated with secularization, Islam was depicted as the primary weapon "against the forces of Soviet modernity." Thus, Islam was considered a crowning symbol of both Central Asia's ability to resist Soviet rule and the Soviet Union's failure to achieve modernization in this region.

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