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Taliban Claim Pakistani Army Killing Their Leaders

By William Tucker
The Long War Journal is reporting, via The News, that the Taliban has accused the Pakistani army of assassinating certain Taliban leaders after they have been captured. This is interesting as the Pakistani government has been providing a safe haven to Taliban leaders wanted by the US. Pakistan knows that the US will eventually go home and they will once again have the opportunity to shape Afghanistan in their image – much as they did when the Taliban ran the place previously.

Patrol Base McElhinney # 3

By Andrew Lubin
Special to InHomelandSecurity.com
The debate on blowing a bridge continues. One patrol reported after meeting with the locals that they told him that while a lot of good people use this bridge daily, so do a lot of bad guys. But as 1st Lieutenant Carl Quist said ‘if we blow the bridge, we’ve put the good people to a lot of inconvenience.

Patrol Base McElhinney # 2


By Andrew Lubin
Special to InHomeland Security
While superficially 1st Platoon’s mission of patrolling seems to be the same daily grind, 1st Lieutenant Carl Quist and SSGT Chris Whitman are pleased at how their relations with the locals are progressing. Every day builds on the one prior, Whitman explained, “every day of peace and stability makes the locals like us more and more.”
The continuous patrols are paying off in a multitude of ways.

Patrol Base McElhinney # 1

By Andrew Lubin
Special to InHomelandSecurity.com
Patrol Base McElhinney. It’s a different fight today than the big kinetic push into Marjah back in February, but the success or failure of the 44 Marines and 31 ANA on little outposts like this one is what will ultimately enable the Marines and the Administration to move into the ‘transition’ phase and declare the war effort to be successful.

From the Field

By Andrew Lubin
Special to InHomelandSecurity.com
The fighting up and down the Helmand River Valley is picking up in frequency, as you see on the nightly news, and “River City”, where phone and internet connections are interrupted until the families of the Marine killed or wounded have been notified has been all too-common. It’s not conventional fighting, but rather a combination of harassing fire and IED’s; both frustrating and deadly.

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST – ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: Terror Attacks Against U.S. At All-Time High

By William Tucker
ABC News is reporting that a recently released DHS Intelligence Note is stating attempted terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland in the last 9 months has surpassed the number of attempts in any previous one year period. For the loyal readers of In Homeland Security, and my previous blog the World of Terrorism, you will note that this has been an ongoing topic of mine going back to September 2009 with the most recent posts falling within the last month.

Taliban Attack Kandahar Airbase

By William Tucker
ISAF coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz stated that the Taliban launched an assault on the Kandahar Air Field making the attack the third major strike against large coalition targets in Afghanistan over the last few days. The assault on the Kandahar installation began at about 8 p.m. local time with a mortar and rocket barrage followed by a small arms attack.

The Taliban’s Strategic Problem

By William Tucker
On May 17 the Taliban struck an ISAF convoy in Kabul killing six soldiers (5 American, 1 Canadian) and 12 civilians. Today, the Taliban followed that attack with an assault on Bagram Airbase killing a U.S. contractor and wounding five soldiers. The second attack was a tactical failure for the Taliban which resulted in the death of ten of the attackers before they could detonate their suicide vests.

Drone Strike in Khyber Agency

By William Tucker
Pakistani media is reporting that a suspected U.S. drone strike killed 15 militants in Khyber Agency. As I’ve stated before I don’t usually comment on drone strikes because they happen with such frequency and have become a normal component of the conflict in Afghanistan. This occasion is slightly different, however. Since the U.S.

The Need for Offensive Counterintelligence against Insurgents

By William Tucker
The Pentagon released a report today on the status of the conflict in Afghanistan. The report, entitled Report on Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan, contained what would be expected in any military report; however there was one nugget in particular that caught my attention. In a section containing bullet points on the insurgency’s strengths and weaknesses one of the claimed weaknesses is an over-reliance on external support.