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    RFI Arbaki in Afghanistan

    Hello - I do have access to Arbaki and community leaders here. The focus of my effort is to understand this dynamic as well as possible, especially as it relates to non-Pashtun communities, so that...
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    I've been outside the wire with the Bundeswehr...

    I've been outside the wire with the Bundeswehr recently. When in contact with the enemy their goal is to break contact, not to close with and neutralize. They don't have the mission to do...
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    German approach to COIN

    I'm not an academic, but I have extensive street level COIN and CT experience in CENTCOM as a US Soldier. I am currently attached to a German unit in Afghanistan.

    I have also been a first hand...
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    Bundeswehr in the field

    I spent some time with a German senior NCO last night comparing war stories. He is been in Kosovo, Macedonia, Congo and now here. He is tuned in and street smart.

    I am a grad of US Army...
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    First of all... RIP to the German soldier...

    First of all...

    RIP to the German soldier killed here via IED today.

    I have nothing but respect and good things to say about the German troopers. They volunteer to come here.

    The...
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    Exacerbated no doubt by the fact that I was...

    Exacerbated no doubt by the fact that I was operating in a primarly Shia environment in a country that had been run by Saddam. I would be very interested in any book or paper recommendations from...
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    Sir, Are you specifically addressing LE source...

    Sir,

    Are you specifically addressing LE source operations? I've written a few posts above on what I consider the appropriate application of coercion and paying intelligence sources in...
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    I for one will definitely be reading this paper. ...

    I for one will definitely be reading this paper. This is a very much neglected part of the curriculum. It's also an area of weakness in army HUMINT recruitment - vis a vis people having any...
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    When is information valuable?

    Hello. I did outside the wire HUMINT in Iraq for 16 months, attached in direct support to a combat arms BN. For us it was a matter of finding people whose interests (self, family, tribe) coincided...
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    Success

    At one level I agree with you. (although the Brit veterans who were on the ground in Malaysia no doubt did spend a lot of time thinking about it) Will simply leaving and declaring the mission a...
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    More on Shia dynamics

    [QUOTE=MSG Proctor;53392]Wow. I won't even attempt to answer your penetrating question other than to say that there's another layer of C2 at work here and that is the powerful Shiite clerical...
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    A different look at the surge

    I'm brand new to the board ( I posted in the introduction forum)

    I look at the surge from the micro level. I was there, and extended for 4 months (16 total) due to the surge, as a team leader of...
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