This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don't always make it into the mainstream media. Recognising that comment is cheap, wherever possible it will link you directly to documents and sources that are mentioned in the text.
I realised some time ago that it was impossible to write about Afghanistan without writing about Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. With that in mind, the reader will come across articles that, while not specifically about Afghanistan, in some way shed light on the conflict.
Not sure how I missed it after all this time, but it is worth taking a look at the US Army's Afghanistan Smart Book, recommended to soldiers deploying to Afghanistan and now available as a smartphone download. Previous editions of the book for 2011, 2010 and 2009 were in printed format. Written by the Army's TRADOC Culture Center, the aim of the publication is "To ensure that US Army personnel have a relevant, comprehensive guide to use in capacity building and counterinsurgency operations while deployed in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." No obvious errors in this publication, although comments are welcome. The same cannot be said of the Pre-deployment Afghanistan Reading List, published by the US Army's Combined Arms Center which still recommends Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time.