Intelligence Failures Crippling Fight Against Insurgents

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  1. Published on Friday, March 6, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
    Intelligence Failures Crippling Fight Against Insurgents in Afghanistan, says Report

    Leaked analysis condemns US for lack of co-operation • Senior officers' criticisms also cover Iraq campaign

    by Peter Beaumont
    A highly critical analysis of the US-led coalition's counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan has raised serious questions about combat operations in both countries - and the intelligence underpinning them.

    A US radio operator near the Afghan-Pakistan border. US forces are accused of failing to share counterinsurgency intelligence with their international military allies. (Photograph/Reuters)The confidential document presents a bleak picture of a counterinsurgency effort undermined by intelligence failures that at times border on the absurd.

    Based on scores of interviews with British, US, Canadian and Dutch military, intelligence and diplomatic officials - and marked for "official use only" - the book-length report is damning of a US military often unwilling to share intelligence among its military allies. It depicts commanders in the field being overwhelmed by information on hundreds of contradictory databases, and sometimes resistant to intelligence generated by its own agents in the CIA.
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  2. Very well written story.

    Common Dreams, however is partisan communist rag. Hardly an unbiased source.

    To them, everything is Vietnam. Its as stupid and simplistic as is the claim that there can be no military solution in Afghanistan.

    The truth is that there is no solution, period. Whether military, political, or otherwise. The best we can hope for, IMO is simply to murder as many Talibs as humanly possible.

    Every few decades, military operations will have to be undertaken to thin out and decimate the ranks of the Taliban and their "guests".
  3. I suspect Ayman al-Zawahiri is probably preaching a similar story to his followers regarding the US.