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Afghanistan - "Beating the Taliban by the Book" (Aug.2008)

"Can America really beat the Taliban using a textbook? We take a look at the practice behind the theory, as Charlie Company attempt to follow the instructions laid out in the Counterinsurgency Field Manual.

Seen as "a modern military textbook for winning hearts and minds and outwitting the enemy" the book also known as the COIN Manual, was written by some of America's finest military minds. So can the Americans really win by the book? The Manual states: "Counterinsurgents often achieve the most meaningful success in garnering public support...with activities that do not include killing insurgents". Yet for all the activities that exclude killing, this is a war. The American troops are at their best when under attack and the other side of war is reveling in the death of your enemies. "It's like the Superbowl; or like Manchester United and Chelsea, we're cheering for our team," claims one soldier laughing and celebrating with his comrades as Taliban are killed. The Manual also states: "Executing COIN operations is complex, demanding and tedious. There are no quick solutions." Few know this better than the soldiers who have been here for over a year and those forced to chop down trees with axes after their chainsaws fail to work. "It's almost like all of this stuff that we're doing is worthless." America expects its soldiers to be nation builders as well as warriors but are they simply asking too much?" journeymanpictures

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Added: Aug-31-2008 
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  • It has already been the most successful counter-insurgency operation in human history. No other military has been this successful at combating an entrenched un-uniformed enemy that hides among the civilian population.

    At this rate we will have to have been in Afghanistan for about 120 years before we would manage to lose as many soldiers as Russia did before being chased out.

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  • Being a professional soldier is the hardest job around....and killing and breaking things is their business. Being a professional politician is in fact the easiest job in the world, thank god for our soldiers.

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  • Yeah links and opinions and yet more sources that cant be confirmed except with more links from more sources of reliable invisible sources that cant be bothered to prove their source.
    Opinionated political spam...pffff.

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  • what a rough way to earn a couple thou a month...God bless em one and all.

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  • The secret is simple: use force when required; use other tools when you can. I am glad those guys are on my side. Big Blue here for you 24/7.

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  • Read about Army Special Forces (Green Berets). COIN is their SPECIALTY. They're damn good at it too.

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  • The crap that these poor guys go through on a daily basis is exactly why I try to send at least 2 care packages a month. I served, too. My opinions on the bullshit of the war have nothing to do with the FACT that these men and women are over there risking their lives nearly every minute of the day to protect and defend the constitution that is being eroded in their absence.
    I hate that we all are being lied to but a little reminder of their day to day should be enough to keep us fighting for and More..

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  • NICE POST LAS

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  • My opinion as a combat soldier who was in Afghanistan 07-08 and then going back in 09-10 is that COIN will work. Change there happens very slowly one district at a time. There are many districts and each needs to be worked differently. Its also my opinion that it will take 5-10 years.

    Now if NATO and specifically the US stay that long is up in the air.

    And when we do leave its up to the people of Afghanistan to decide what they do with their country. What that means to me is that all ou More..

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  • Thanks for the video. It's nice to see my family!

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  • I love my country's soldiers and wish them good hunting.
    CAP assignments are frustrating but in the long run work best of all.

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  • no wonder

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  • Press loves to film bitching soldiers..... Thought I might actually learn something from this than I saw who posted it.

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  • I liked the report and vid. It showed another angle on the lives of those tough, gritty guys over there. They're awesome!

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  • Is this video suppose to mean something las?

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  • boring....

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  • hahaha your army cracks me up

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  • included the URL for the manual in the Description section. any further questions PM me, thanks

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  • Good post Las...brings back memories.

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  • What a sad mess just to make the rich even more richer.

    Too bad the Military cant speak up against their own missuse. In other words.... Useless!

    Just costing America a fortune. They have been proven that they can not defend our constitution.

    They have accomplished nothing in all these years while the Military budget grows and grows like never before in history. Listen to them laugh it up while afghanistan is becoming more violent then ever before.

    They have been made fools of whi More..

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  • The rule of law requires security. COIN can only be successful if...and when the people of Afganistan, like ANY city in the U.S. believe they are secure. Think about it, citizens in the U.S. trust the police enough to inform on drug dealers, the MOB, whoever. Can the Afgan? Not really, not without the very good chance of being killed. This is why the U.S., like in Germany or Japan, must stay for then next fifty years. The Taliban must be killed until they realize being a Taliban means cert More..

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