Force Disposition: Afghanistan/Pakistan Border

September 23, 2010 - Maggie Rackl

This map illustrates force disposition of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

"Afghanistan: It's Not Over" by LTG James Dubik (Ret.) (Small Wars Journal)

September 2, 2010 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

"In May, 2007 I deployed to Iraq to become the Commanding General responsible for accelerating the growth of the Iraqi Security Forces in size, capability, and confidence. Prior to deploying, I made a series of rounds in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. I was met with more condolences than congratulations. The general feeling, no pun intended, was that the war was lost and it was only a matter of time before we would admit our defeat and withdraw. I am getting the same “all is lost” attitude about Afghanistan from what I read and hear around the Washington, D.C. Beltway.

MAP: Disposition of U.S. Forces in Iraq

September 1, 2010 - Maggie Rackl

Map contains information on Advise and Assist Brigades (AABs) remaining in Iraq as of September 1, 2010.

Status Update: Shi'a Militias in Iraq

August 16, 2010 -

Enemy networks including both al-Qaeda-Iraq and Shi’a militias have been degraded by Iraqi and U.S. operations; however, extremists continue to seek to destabilize the country.

Don't cut funding for civilian 'presence posts' in Iraq (The Hill)

August 6, 2010 - Marisa Cochrane Sullivan

ISW's Marisa Cochrane Sullivan writes in The Hill's Congressional Blog about the recent cuts in the supplemental war funding bill for the Iraq war.

Uncertain Future for the Sons of Iraq

August 3, 2010 - Institute for the Study of War

In 2007, after experiencing large losses and increased violence in Iraq, the U.S. adopted a new counterinsurgency strategy that included a troop increase and new emphasis on cooperation with Iraqis.

Analysis of Afghan Defense Appointments

July 20, 2010 - Institute for the Study of War

This Backgrounder analyzes the recent appointments to the Ministry of Defense and Afghan National Army.

Marjah's Lessons for Kandahar

July 9, 2010 - Jeffrey Dressler

As coalition forces look towards Kandahar this summer, lessons from Marjah should be used to inform proper planning and execution in order to avoid the repetition of costly mistakes.

"Did They Forget?" by LTG James Dubik (Ret.)

July 1, 2010 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Regardless of one’s position concerning the war in Iraq, the fact is that blood, sacrifice and treasure—of Iraqi, American and coalition countries— have brought us to a point where a slow end to the insurgency may finally be in sight.

The Irreconcilables: The Haqqani Network

June 28, 2010 - Jeffrey Dressler

The Pakistanis have reportedly offered to help reach out to the murderous Haqqani organization in the hopes of bringing the movement’s leader, Siraj Haqqani, to the negotiating table.