Four Months In, Special Forces Team Cant Find the Taliban
Four months into their tour in southern Afghanistan, a Special Forces A-team still has no idea who theyre fighting.
I dont know where to pinpoint them [or] how to pinpoint them, the teams intelligence sergeant tells Army Times ace Sean Naylor. Theyre not wearing awesome T-shirts that say, Im Taliban.
I cant find them, he continues. This is our biggest failure.
As Naylor points out in his story (not yet online, alas), the team has been able to help stitch together a stronger local government. Some counterinsurgents might say thats way more important than focusing on the enemy. Major General Mike Flynn, the top U.S. intelligence officer in Afghanistan, blasted his colleagues and subordinates earlier this year for focusing too much on whacking Taliban, and not enough on learning the cultural, social, and economic lay of the land.
But ignorance about the other side Im pretty sure Flynn didnt have that in mind, either.
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