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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Zellen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785952

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.001.0001

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Implementing a Balanced Counterinsurgency Strategy In Northeast Afghanistan, May 2007–July 2008

Implementing a Balanced Counterinsurgency Strategy In Northeast Afghanistan, May 2007–July 2008

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(p.215) 9 Implementing a Balanced Counterinsurgency Strategy In Northeast Afghanistan, May 2007–July 2008
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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency
Author(s):

Nathan R. Springer

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.003.0010

In this chapter the author examines the successful implementation of balanced counterinsurgency strategy in northeastern Afghanistan though the lens of his experience. The author defines a balanced counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy as the appropriate level of effort applied to killing and capturing the enemy, versus partnering with and protecting the Afghan population, and enabling the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to operate independently. The weighting of this effort is determined by the unique local conditions of each area of operation to include such variables as; insurgent’s force, enemy’s disposition and composition, effectiveness of ANSF. The author concludes that only after we carefully analyze, study, and understand the nature of the conflict and the human environment of the area of operation, can we select the right approach to success.

Keywords:   counterinsurgency (COIN), Nathan Springer, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), northeastern Afghanistan, Airborne Bridge Combat Team (ABCT), shura, district-level shura, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)

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