Will the United States continue to conduct counterterrorism operations in South Asia? That question is central to any discussion about U.S. troop presence and mission in Afghanistan.
The spike in green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan is a development that has the potential to endanger ISAF's mission to train and prepare Afghan security forces for the challenges of stabilizing the country. It is important to establish the scope of the green-on-blue threat as well as the context in which the attacks occur.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Institute for the Study of War today published a detailed backgrounder titled, " The Haqqani Network: a Foreign Terrorist Organization," outlining the impact of possible Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation on the Haqqani Network. The Secretary of State’s decision about FTO designation is expected to be announced by September 10. The author of the backgrounder, ISW Senior Analyst Jeffrey
From sanctuaries in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the Haqqani family hosts a variety of high-value terrorists, including senior members of al-Qaeda, Pakistani Taliban, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Lashkar-e Taiba and smaller terrorist entities linked to attacks in the UK. It also supports a global jihadist ideology that transcends objectives in Afghanistan.