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    What occurs when we leave Afghanistan, or at...

    What occurs when we leave Afghanistan, or at least heavily reduce the numbers? What happens when there are no deployments on the horizon because Iraq and Afghanistan have been so damaging to the...
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    Thanks David, I'd missed that thread and found it...

    Thanks David, I'd missed that thread and found it very useful indeed. I've also happened upon the article Coldstreamer (I suspect) wrote on Coy level int for SWJ.

    I'm not 100% guarnteed to be...
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    What are you looking for from a Company intelligence officer?

    Let’s take a totally hypothetical situation. All resemblances to real life or real persons are entirely coincidental…ahem

    At six months notice you are to be an NCO assigned to a brand new role as...
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    Well. The slides for one are more or less...

    Well.

    The slides for one are more or less incomprehensible, but as for the overall content I really think this 'if only we could do what we did in Northern Ireland' implication is very unhelpful....
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    This is a big, big catch. In terms of the Afghan...

    This is a big, big catch. In terms of the Afghan Taleban, it's the biggest yet.

    Berader was always viewed as a more 'moderate' element within the Taleban's senior echelons though and rumours would...
  6. Just to make a brief foray into the realms of...

    Just to make a brief foray into the realms of hypothesising (I am J2, after all), how would the strategic - and tactical, for that matter - calculus alter if the Americans decide they would like to...
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    A point to simply throw in for debate... The...

    A point to simply throw in for debate...

    The insurgents used, it seems, about 15-25 fighters for this Kabul assault. In Oct 08, they used in the region of 300 for an unprecedented conventional...
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    Maj Gen Mackay's paper on UK military in Afghanistan - full text

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    Ladies and gents

    I wonder if it might be of use if I provide a link to the full text of this paper. None of the media reports I've seen have given a link to it,...
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    I've not got time now to properly look at which...

    I've not got time now to properly look at which of Gen Flynn's conclusions could be applied to the British, but a quick browse suggests 'lots.' It is so fundamentally important that this kind of...
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    Following the large scale Taleban attacks on...

    Following the large scale Taleban attacks on Lashkar Gah in Oct 08 the coalition insisted on flying unbelievably noisy jets over the city at unsocial hours in an attempt to show force. It was...
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    I agree entirely. I argued this time and time and...

    I agree entirely. I argued this time and time and time again with people far more senior and better paid than me and my reward was a crap annula report which said I was 'an extremely capable analyst...
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    President Karzai can promise what he likes, but...

    President Karzai can promise what he likes, but he is under no illusions whatsoever that the reinstatement of Akhundzada is not acceptable. As much as he would like to reinstate him, that is a...
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    jcustis, Hi, when I click the link you give it...

    jcustis,

    Hi, when I click the link you give it takes me to a map of villages under Taleban control, I'm not sure that's quite what I should be looking at. I'm only too happy to have a look at the...
  14. 10) The lack of 'corporate knowledge' is...

    10) The lack of 'corporate knowledge' is absolutely key. There is n;t even a sodding database, for Christ;'s sake. Ours consisted of a vast spreadsheet with reports given key words and hyperlinked....
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    Thanks for the invite

    Gents, a pleasure to be welcomed aboard this inner sanctum.

    Hopefully I can offer something here and there. By way of brief background, I served in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, as an all source...
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    I don't have the precise figures to hand but the...

    I don't have the precise figures to hand but the UN's annual survey (Google Afghan Opium Survey or something akin) did report a sharp (ish) drop in Helmand's opium production between Sept 08 and Sept...
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    I think that what is glossed over in the overall...

    I think that what is glossed over in the overall reconciliation debate is that GIRoA must be worth reconciling with. Given that the farcicial elections came part way through a relatively successful...
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