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By Matthew J. Morgan

In October 2004, greater than 8 million voters of Afghanistan grew to become out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year background of the rustic. This fantastic voter turnout within the face of terrible threats and genuine bullets, rockets, and bombs was once a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It used to be a gorgeous good fortune and critical breakthrough for the Afghan humans and for the us within the crusade opposed to foreign terrorism. The swap is extra dramatic than the yankee Revolution, within the aftermath of which the recent American democracy maintained a consultant kind of govt just like its British roots. The switch is additionally extra confident than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided by means of foreign army and political powers, is therefore some of the most ancient occasions of our time.Written via a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this e-book offers readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. particularly, Morgan speaks to the protection gear and the measures maintaining the election. The election's protection strategy marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic country. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own bills from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United countries in a civilian-clothes function, allows him to jot down from the viewpoint of a UN safeguard officer, supplying insights past those who can be received at the battlefield.

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The Global War on Terrorism has resulted in an expansion of special operations missions, and age and rank standards have been dropped to increase recruitment of these soldiers from the conventional force. I received several anecdotal accounts from a variety of sources who had firsthand knowledge of incidents involving these elite soldiers in Afghanistan. Special Forces enjoy quite a bit of autonomy and independence when compared with more conventional troops, and have occasionally abused this power.

S. Agency for International Development by providing logistics and security. The CHLCs performed a variety of tasks including assessments, information sharing, contracting projects, and supporting combat operations. Depending on their mandate and mentality, some humanitarians cooperated with the CHLCs, while others kept them at an arm’s length. S. government launched combined civil-military teams called Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Task Force Victory is currently responsible for oversight of these teams.

Although a thug and a brutal murderer, Rozi Khan did not seem to merit the strong command and intelligence attention he had received. A cat with nine lives, as he was called, reports of his death had surfaced and resurfaced over the months of our time here. It was hard to even verify his physical appearance, and detainees were used to confirm his death. The picture of his corpse was presented in the morning command briefing the day after his death. While there was nothing that seemed to me offensive about the picture—it was the man’s face in silent repose—the commanding general of CJTF-76, Major General Eric Olsen, made it abundantly clear that such a photograph was inappropriate for his daily briefing.

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