The most recent Washington Post article written by ISW's Dr. Kimberly Kagan, LTG James M. Dubik, and AEI's Frederick W. Kagan, on the state of Afghanistan's security forces.
Afghan National Army (ANA)
The day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal sent his strategic assessment to the Pentagon, the call for retreat is already being sounded, this time, from columnist George Will.
More U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan in part because there are too few Afghan National Security Forces, and they are not yet effective enough to conduct counterinsurgency missions.
The Development of ISAF
Regional Command East (RC East) is comprised of fourteen provinces
Demographics and Terrain
Regional Command West (RC West) comprises four provinces: Herat, Farah, Badghis and Ghor. The population of RC West is 3,156,000 people.1 RC West borders Iran and is slightly larger than the state of Georgia, with an area of 160,319 square kilometers (61899 sq. miles).