April 25, 2014

Afghanistan: Where COIN Went to Die

Whitney Kassel, Foreign Policy


How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan -- and why it might never be used again.

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TAGGED: COIN, Counterinsurgency, Afghanistan


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