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NATO's campaign in Afghanistan has been its most extensive deployment. It has consumed a vast amount of blood and treasure. It is therefore right to analyse in detail the twists and turns of the campaign and how its political and military focus changed over time. As the time for NATO to withdraw approaches it is right to conduct a forensic examination of the campaign and highlight its successes and failures. It has been one of the longest running wars in history who outcome is still far from certain. Much has been written about the development of counter insurgency doctrine around the ideas of countering an insurgency and British history in this field in Malaya, Indonesia, Yemen and Kenya as well as Northern Ireland. Insights from these historical campaigns were however quickly found wanting. Times had changed significantly. The way the media works today fundamentally changes the way warfare can be conducted. It is as if every soldier in combat has a camera on his shoulder. Those charged with developing new doctrines for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concluded the history books provided little insight into a form of warfare that used the media in such effective ways to attempt to limit the freedom of manoeuvre of the superior party to the conflict. The campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq were notable for the emergence of new doctrinal ideas whilst 'in contact'. The ways the wars were being conducted literally were being formulated on the hoof.
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|Antall sider||240||Dimensjoner||15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,5cm|
|Vekt||564 gram||Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd|
|Emner og form||Asian history, 21st century history: from c 2000 -, Battles & campaigns, Afghan War|