In the last two decades do you know who else asked the question, ‘Why didn’t they fight?” Mullah Omar and Saddam Husein. I have no actual knowledge that the collapse of the Afghan Army will give rise to a protracted insurgency but I have hope as the flag of the Northern Alliance rises again. For stories about the Northern Alliance check out the Hindustan Times, ‘Northern Alliance’ flag hoisted in Panjshir in first resistance against Taliban, the Long War Journal’s, After fall of Kabul, resistance to Taliban emerges in Panjshir or Reuters, Protests against Afghan Taliban spread in early signs of resistance. And if you think this is the end of Irregular Warfare since we are refocusing on the Great Power Competition, I suggest this, IRREGULAR WARFARE IS GREAT POWER COMPETITION – PART 1 from War Room. Oh and there is other stuff going on in the world, for that check out Africa News’ Burkina Faso: 47 dead in new jihadist attack in the north and so much more in today’s Daily Dump!
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August 19, 2021
Intelligence and Terrorism: Revisiting the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks and Their Impact 20 Years Later – Taylor and Francis Online
Beijing’s Blue Helmets: What to Make of China’s Role in UN Peacekeeping in Africa – Modern War Institute
Podcast: Ambushed Ambushers – The Spear
Pakistani Taliban’s emir renews allegiance to Afghan Taliban – Long War Journal
After fall of Kabul, resistance to Taliban emerges in Panjshir – Long War Journal
Build a More Effective Cyber Force, Not More Bureaucracy – War on the Rocks
For Those Who Served In Afghanistan – Small Wars Journal
8/18/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal
Afghanistan Aftershocks – Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Next Big Refugee Crisis Just Started – Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Shattering of Yemen – Foreign Affairs
Resistance Manual – ARIS Studies
Afghan retreat enables full US ‘pivot’ to Asia – Asia Times
US needs a coherent tech strategy for China – Asia Times
Gandhi on a warpath as Modi fumbles and stumbles – Asia Times
Afghanistan Live Updates: Protests Spread to Kabul as Taliban Struggle to Govern – The New York Times
Collapse and Conquest: The Taliban Strategy That Seized Afghanistan – The New York Times
Watch: Afghan President Blames ‘Political Failure’ for Taliban Take Over – The New York Times
Ukrainian Leader Tries To Put Spotlight Back On Russian-Occupied Crimea – Radio Free Europe
Turmoil In Afghanistan Spills Into Central Asia – Radio Free Europe
A Taliban Takeover Will Strengthen Pakistan’s Jihadis – Foreign Policy
After the Debacle: Six Concrete Steps to Restore U.S. Credibility – Foreign Policy
Why Mozambique invited foreign troops to fight its jihadists – The Economist
Online Event: The State of the Kabul Airlift – Lawfare
Russia and China Cozy Up In Joint Military Exercises – Popular Mechanics
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