The Quetta Shura Taliban in Southern Afghanistan

January 4, 2010

This backgrounder documents the organization, operations, and shadow governance structures of the Quetta Shura Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

Accelerating Combat Power in Afghanistan

December 23, 2009 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

This report offers practical lessons for accelerating the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces.

"Obama's Troop Surge Supports Earlier Stated Goals" (Washington Examiner)

December 15, 2009

ISW President Kimberly Kagan writes about the Afghanistan troop increase in her role as a national security columnist for the Washington Examiner.

Religious/Ethnic Composition of Diyala Province

December 9, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

The Religious and Ethnic Composition of the Diyala Province

An Army Takes Time to Build (New York Times)

December 8, 2009

ISW Managing Director, James Danly, writes an opinion editorial in the New York Times regarding the dedication and time it took to build the Iraqi Army.

"Assessing the Afghan Surge" (Council on Foreign Relations)

December 2, 2009

ISW President Kimberly Kagan joined 4 other experts to offer analysis on President Obama's speech at West Point Military Academy.

Grow the ANSF

December 1, 2009 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Given the fact that President Obama seems concerned about how to reduce U.S. presence in Afghanistan after a surge, expanding the quality and quantity of the Afghan forces ought to be a priority.

"In Afghanistan, Real Leverage Starts With Real Troops" (The Washington Post)

December 1, 2009 - Kimberly Kagan

In Afghanistan, Real Leverage Starts With More Troops


By Kimberly Kagan and Frederick W. Kagan, The Washington Post, November 27, 2009

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Kandahar City

December 1, 2009 - Institute for the Study of War

Kandahar City, Afghanistan

For more information on Kandahar City,  Afghanistan, see Afghanistan Report 3: The Taliban's Campaign for Kandahar, by Carl Forsberg.