Report #7 details the ISAF & Afghan counteroffensive in Kandahar province during summer & fall 2010; part of Hamkari, the term given to the combined civil-military campaign to weaken the insurgency.
In his December 2009 speech at West Point, President Obama set July 2011 as the beginning of a process of transition in Afghanistan, where geographic or functional responsibilities are to be handed over from the international coalition to the host nation. As policymakers in NATO capitals and practitioners in Afghanistan think about transition, they can take a lesson from the Iraq experience.
Negotiating with the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization in Afghanistana nd Pakistan, is not an option.
The Haqqani network, which has the backing of elements within the Pakistani security establishment, is one of Afghanistan’s most experienced and sophisticated insurgent organizations.
U.S. Army units rotating into Iraq in the fall of 2008 faced new challenges that would test their collective agility, professionalism, competence, and creativity.
In response to violent and rampant insurgent operations in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, ISAF and the Government of Afghanistan began implementing a population-centric counterinsurgency campaign.