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(Contains some copyright material) By Jerry Meyerle, et al. A joint publication of CNA and Marine Corps University Press. Provides a glimpse into what relatively small military units, teams, platoons, companies, and highly dispersed battalions have done to roll back the insurgency in some of the more remote areas of Afghanistan. The book examines counterinsurgency at the tactical and local levels. Includes 15 vignettes about different units from the U.S. Marines, U.S. Army, and U.S. Army Special Forces; the British Army and Marines; the Dutch Army and Marines; and the Canadian Army. Contains copyrighted material.
Some of the book’s key themes include:
• Dealing with a localized insurgency
• Navigating the political terrain
• Searching for political solutions
• Engaging the population and building popular support
• Using reconstruction funds
• Protecting the population
• Employing restraint in the use of force
• Finding the right balance between concentration and dispersion
• Maintaining continuity
• Operating with little strategic guidance
Table of Contents:
Maps and Figures vi
Vignette 1: A US Marine Platoon in Gulistan, Farah, 2008 25
Vignette 2: A US Marine Battalion in Nawa, Helmand, 2009 35
Vignette 3: US Marine Advisors in the Tagab Valley, Kapisa, 2008 49
Vignette 4: A US Army Battalion in Kunar and Nuristan, 2007—2008 57
Vignette 5: A US Army Battalion in Khost, 2004—2008 69
Vignette 6: A US Army Battalion in Nangarhar, 2005—2009 77
US Special Forces
Vignette 7: A US Special Forces Team in Kandahar and Zabul, 2003—2005 91
Vignette 8: Three US Special Forces Teams in Kunar and Nuristan, 2004—2005 101
Vignette 9: A US Special Forces Team in Kandahar, 2003—2004 109
British Army and Marines
Vignette 10: A UK-led Task Force in Musa Qala, Helmand, 2006—2009 115
Vignette 11: A British Marine Battalion in Uruzgan and Helmand, 2008—2009 123
Vignette 12: British Army Advisors in Sangin, Helmand, 2009 131
Dutch Army and Marines
Vignette 13: Two Dutch Army Companies in Uruzgan, 2006—2009 137
Vignette 14: A Dutch Marine Company in Deh Rashaan, Uruzgan, 2009 145
Vignette 15: Canadian Soldiers and Engineers in Dand, Kandahar, 2009 151
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Jerry Meyerle is a political scientist in the Stability and Development Program at CNA. He is the author of several widely read studies on the insurgency in Afghanistan, as well as studies on the Afghan army and articles on regional security and political violence in Pakistan and India. He speaks Urdu and has a PhD in political science and South Asian studies from the University of Virginia.
Megan Katt is a research analyst in the Stability and Development Program at CNA. Most of her work at CNA has focused on various aspects of the insurgency and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. She holds an MA in international security studies from Georgetown University and a BS in business marketing from San Diego State University.
LtCol James A. Gavrilis, USA (Ret.), is a senior advisor in the Stability and Development Program at CNA. He is a former U.S. Army Special Forces officer with over 24 years of experience in the infantry and special operations. A graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he has an MA in international studies from Old Dominion University and a BA in political science from Pennsylvania State University.
Audience: This publication would be useful to the military's analysis community, civilian leaders, military commanders and staff officers at all levels, policymakers, members of government and defense agencies/contractors, and members of military-focused committees. This publication would also be useful to historians and students engaged with historical/political/military studies.
Keywords: counterinsurgency in afghanistan, war in Afghanistan, afghan war, military in Afghanistan, Afghanistan terrorists, terrorism, terrorists, counterinsurgency, counter-insurgency, on the ground in afghanistan counterinsurgency in practice, Afghanistan ground fighting, Afghanistan counterinsurgency, Afghan counterinsurgency tactics
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- Counterinsurgency in PracticeAfghan War, 2001 -Marine Corps HistoryNaval HistoryCounterinsurgency, Afghanistan, Case studies
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