Monthly Archives: May 2013

By the Numbers: Independent Afghan Security Forces

by DAVID AXE It’s conventional wisdom in U.S. military policy circles that Afghanistan’s security forces, specifically its national army and police, have become hopelessly dependent on the U.S.-led coalition for training, logistical and air support and battlefield leadership. But the … Continue reading

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Americans, Afghans and Battlefield Agility

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-syqzbZlH9I] by DAVID AXE April 23, Zari district, southern Afghanistan. The U.S. Army’s 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 3-41 Infantry — part of the Texas-based 1st Brigade of the 1st Armored Division — is setting up a patrol base for … Continue reading

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After Boston Bombings, Putin Tells West: I Told You So

In the wake of last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, Russian president Vladimir Putin chastised Western powers for underestimating the Chechen terrorist threat in the Caucasus from which the two suspected perpetrators hailed. “I have always felt outraged when our Western … Continue reading

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