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11-13-2005, 01:28 PM
From the October Atlantic Monthly - Imperial Grunts (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200510/kaplan-us-special-forces): With the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan - Laboratories of Counterinsurgency.

You can buy the book here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400061326/smallwarsjour-20/103-4813759-1703817?%5Fencoding=UTF8&camp=1789&link%5Fcode=xm2) and support both the SWJ and SWC at the same time. Excerpt from the article follows:

"America is waging a counterinsurgency campaign not just in Iraq but against Islamic terror groups throughout the world. Counterinsurgency falls into two categories: unconventional war (UW in Special Operations lingo) and direct action (DA). Unconventional war, though it sounds sinister, actually represents the soft, humanitarian side of counterinsurgency: how to win without firing a shot. For example, it may include relief activities that generate good will among indigenous populations, which in turn produces actionable intelligence. Direct action represents more-traditional military operations. In 2003 I spent a summer in the southern Philippines and an autumn in eastern and southern Afghanistan, observing how the U.S. military was conducting these two types of counterinsurgency."