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Surge in Afghanistan

Very good piece on what we need to do there to lock things down. 

In essence, 8 Brigades need to be “surged” (40k in forces), but should be directed toward the border and the Pashtun South:

  • 3 Brigades in Farah, Helmand, and Kandahar provinces.
  • 2 Brigades earmarked to training allied forces.
  • 3 more Brigades accompanied by ISR, air power and engineering assets deployed along the Pakistan border to “find fix and finish” insurgent forces.  Additional joint border stations should be developed at points ranging from the Khyber Pass to Southern Paktika and along the Kandahar and Helmand southern borders with Baluchistan.  These stations should be manned jointly, with enough firepower and mobility to secure key lines of communication, monitor cross border movement and provide for a local defense.
  • Significant increase in footprint/assistance from Other Government Agencies.



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