Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Kabul Airport Attack

Words seem so inadequate as our hearts go out to the Marines and sailors killed and wounded in the Kabul International Airport suicide bombing. Rest easy knowing that over 100,000 Americans and refugees were successfully evacuated from Afghanistan thanks to … Continue reading

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Criminal Activity in an Insurgent Environment and Counterinsurgency

By Mark V. Lonsdale Paper on the criminal components of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN)

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Why is the Kabul Evacuation a Chaotic Disaster?

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Director, STTU Here’s the simple answer — you don’t draw down the military or pull out air power until ALL the civilians are out. The White House and the inept national security team instructed the Pentagon … Continue reading

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Convoy Security in a Semi-permissive War Zone (Iraq & Afghanistan)

The following paper is based on the author’s observations and experience in Afghanistan and Iraq as a military advisor and DoD security contractor from 2002 through 2006, while staying abreast of current operations and incidents through 2007.     By Mark V. … Continue reading

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Afghanistan OEF 2001-2008

A few images from Northern Afghanistan with General Dostum   A few from Kandahar and Spin Boldak on the border with Pakistan

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Afghanistan 2001-2009

With 1st Force Recon at the USMC MWTC on the evening of September 10, 2001. Within hours our whole world would change as we shifted gears from training mode to operations. After doing briefings for Force Recon at Camp Pendleton … Continue reading

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