ISW In Brief: Jailbreak Threatens Gains in Kandahar

April 28, 2011 -

In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, 25 April, nearly 500 imprisoned insurgents escaped from Kandahar’s central prison through a 1,200 foot tunnel dug by the Taliban.

Reversing the Northeastern Insurgency

April 26, 2011

The unexpected rise of violence in northern Afghanistan that began in 2008 revealed that the insurgency had expanded its presence into a previously uncontested region.

ISW in Brief: In Shift, Europeans Deploy Military Liasons to Libya

April 20, 2011

In recent days, Libyan rebels have struggled to maintain control of their previous strongholds in the face of an intensifying assault by Qaddafi’s forces.

ISW in Brief: The Status of Current Operations in Libya

March 30, 2011

Since March 19, 2011, U.S. and Coalition airstrikes have been targeting Libyan military forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.

Haqqani Network Influence in Kurram and its Implications for Afghanistan (CTC Sentinel)

March 29, 2011

The Haqqani Network is important not only because of its tactical & operational proficiency, but because it links foreign terrorists like al Qaeda to operations inside Afghanistan.

ISW in Brief: Trouble Ahead in Afghanistan's East?

March 16, 2011

Insurgents in the eastern province of Nangarhar recently perpetrated one of the most vicious attacks against Afghan civilians in recent memory.

The U.S. in Iraq Beyond 2011: A Diminishing But Still Vital Role

February 15, 2011 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

The United States’ position in Iraq recalls Henry Stimson’s warning: “The construction of a stable peace is a longer, more complex, and greater task than the relatively simple work of war-making.”

Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Changing Face of Uzbek Militancy (Small Wars Journal)

February 14, 2011

Although Uzbek militants have been active in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1990s, little attention has been paid to these fighters.

Some Taliban Are Just Too Hard to Turn by Jeffrey Dressler

February 8, 2011

The Quetta Shura Taliban (QST)& their senior leadership is distinct from the Haqqani Network, which operates primarily from the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia & Paktika, all the way to Kabul.

An Interim Assessment on the Campaign for Regaining Momentum in Helmand Province (Small Wars Journal)

February 1, 2011

Interview with Jeffrey Dressler by Octavian Manea, Small Wars Journal