Small Wars Journal


A Message of Felicitation from the Esteemed Amir-Ul-Momineen on the Occasion of Eid: An Analysis of Taliban Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr Statements from 2006 to 2012 Peter J. Munson Thu, 06/13/2013 - 3:30am

The Eid statements demonstrate an increasing sophistication in strategic messaging and understanding of international politics.

Finishing Firefights Difficult in Afghanistan

Wed, 11/04/2009 - 8:35pm
In response to e-mails referencing the fighting cited in my Afghanistan trip report at SWJ and Westwrite, here is a video of three firefights. They illustrate why adding more US troops is separate from imposing more casualties and lowering Taliban morale.

This video shows why coalition and Afghan battalions inflict few Taliban casualties. Causes include terrain, Taliban maneuver, heavy coalition armor and risk aversion to minimize casualties, while doing a professional job and returning in one piece.