September 1, 2012

Counter-insurgency Fails in Afghanistan

Oleg Svet, The National Interest

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Late August marked a significant milestone in U.S. foreign policy and military strategy, even if its implications are yet to be properly recognized. The death toll of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan has now reached two thousand.

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