Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: RAND Counterinsurgency by Seth G. Jones

By Seth G. Jones

This learn explores the character of the insurgency in Afghanistan, the foremost demanding situations and successes of the crusade, and the functions essential to salary powerful counterinsurgency operations. It argues that winning counterinsurgency calls for powerful indigenous protection forces, specifically police; a achievable and legit neighborhood govt; and the suppression of exterior help for insurgents.

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Counterinsurgent military forces may be able to penetrate and garrison an insurgent area and, if well sustained, may reduce guerrilla activity. But, once the situation in an area becomes untenable for insurgents, they will simply transfer their activity to another area and the problem remains unresolved. As David Galula argues, “[C]onventional operations by themselves have at best no more effect than a fly swatter. ”21 A viable indigenous police force with a permanent presence in urban and rural areas is a critical component of counterinsurgency.

University of Nebraska Press, 1996), pp. 34–42; Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare, pp. 17–42. 14 Trinquier, Modern Warfare, p. 8; Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare:, pp. 7–8. S. military intervention. As the solid line indicates, the long-term struggle is between the Afghan government and insurgent groups. 15 These insurgencies met the following three criteria: (1) they involved fighting between agents of (or claimants to) a state and nonstate groups who sought to take control of a government, take power in a region, or use violence to change government policies; (2) at least 1,000 individuals were killed over the course of the conflict, with a yearly average of at least 100; and (3) at least 100 were killed on both sides (including civilians attacked by rebels).

At least several individuals formerly associated with the Taliban won Wolesi Jirga (lower house of the National Assembly) seats in the September 2005 elections, including Abdul Salam Rocketi. 13 Despite these steps, however, the insurgency continued to worsen. Key Themes This brief overview of Afghanistan’s age of insurgency highlights three factors that have contributed to the success of past insurgencies: governance challenges, external support, and variations in the quality of security forces.

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