BLACKFIVE readers you are getting a sneak preview of the Warrior Legacy Institute paper that will be released tomorrow, written by me and Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal.
The Warrior Legacy Institute announces the release of it's third paper
"Who are we fighting in Afghanistan & Pakistan?" as well as an
accompanying video. This complements the previous papers and videos on
" A Population-Centric Counterinsurgency Primer" and "Counterterror as Strategy for the Af/Pak Theater".
All of these are written so they can be understood by and educate all
Americans regardless of their knowledge about military topics. Our hope
is that this will allow them to follow the debate about this vital
subject from an informed perspective.
This paper gives a brief history of the rise of the Taliban and al Qaeda following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan in 1989. It traces the Taliban's origins in the Pashtun regions and their fight to take over the government and impose their strict religious rule country-wide. It follows the ebb and flow on both sides of the border and the eventual entry of al Qaeda to the theater. It focuses on the tribes that make up the insurgency and their leaders, but is not a definitive look at all of these groups. It also takes a look at the current state of Taliban and al Qaeda in both countries and the areas they control.
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