Afghanistan: Background Briefing

The Warrior Legacy Institute has created some excellent short videos that get you up to speed on who and how we are fighting the war.

Who we are Fighting, the Pakistani Tribal Areas:

A Counter Terrorism Primer:

And a more specific Population Centric Counter Insurgent Primer:

Megan Ortegas gives a first hand account of the counter insurgency operations in the tribal areas from back in April:

It is important to view the last video to see what effect the operations are having on the ground and what improvements would have the greatest effect.  It is also important to note that the president has made no decision yet, months later, on the recommendations of his chosen commander, General McChrystal, to increase troop strength to extend counter insurgency operations.  More recommendations from General McChrystal are discussed here.

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