Fighting in northern Iraq has accelerated. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is seeking to regain the momentum after suffering major territorial loses and setbacks recently in the strategic town of Baiji in Salah ad-Din province and the towns of Jalula and Sadia in Diyala province.
Regional Command North
The White House is dropping strong hints that the number of American troops in Afghanistan after 2014 may fall below 10,000, possibly even below 5,000. Unnamed White House officials suggested to the press that lower levels of U.S. support to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) will be sufficient to contain future Taliban threats.
Please join ISW, Senators McCain & Lieberman and General Keane for this important discussion on the U.S. role in Afghanistan, the future of the country, and what to expect this year and beyond.
"With a new commander and a renewed commitment from the commander in chief, we will make military progress in Afghanistan."
Key Facts on Afghanistan
A Joint Institute for the Study of War - American Enterprise Institute Report
By Dr. Kimberly Kagan and Dr. Frederick W. Kagan
The Enemy in Afghanistan
Don't Believe That We Can Afford to Lose
10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan
The New York Times, By Kimberly Kagan and Frederick W. Kagan, October 3, 2009