Expeditionary Advisory Package - ANA Soldiers of 201st Afghan National Army Corps in eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by CPT Grace Geiger, 3d Cav Regiment, Dec 27, 2016).

Expeditionary Advisory Package (EAP) Concept for Afghanistan

January 9, 2017 SOF News 0

Expeditionary Advisory Package. For the past few years the U.S. military has been utilizing an Expeditionary Advisory Package (EAP) model to advise Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) elements at a few of the Afghan National Army (ANA) corps and Afghan National Police (ANP) […]

talian Soldier training Female ANP in first aid in Herat, Afghanistan (photo by Resolute Support HQs Dec 2016)

Afghanistan News Update for Jan 8, 2017

January 8, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan Update 20170108 – Russia and the Taliban – things that make you go “Hmmmm”, development aid and COIN in Afghanistan, Afghan militias – the good and the bad, why the U.S. should stay committed to Afghanistan, and more. Russia and Our Enemy. Putin and his […]

Cadets running at the ANAOA. (Photo by SSG Richard Andrade, ISAF, 23 Oct 2013).

Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA)

January 8, 2017 SOF News 0

The Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) is located in Qargha district – just outside of Kabul – the capital city of Afghanistan. The ANAOA is one of three main Afghan institutions providing officers for the Afghan National Army (ANA). There are five nations supporting […]

Afghan War Update 20170106

Afghan War Update 20170106

January 6, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan War Update 20170106 – Turkey extends its mission in Afghanistan, Taliban’s diplomatic offensive, Afghan women in a Trump world, meddling of Russia, CSIS report on Afghanistan, Marines back to Helmand, and more. Turkey Extends RS Mission. Turkey has been a key ally in the […]

Plane taking off from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in late 2016 (Photo from RS HQs video)

Afghanistan War Update 20170105

January 5, 2017 SOF News 0

Afghan Conflict Update 20170105 – Obama’s ‘Good War’, Afghan women fighting the Taliban, Afghan economy, videos, Badakhshan’s Taliban, Asia Foundation survey, 203rd Corps Cd injured, Russia and the Taliban, unconventional logistics, civilian meteorologists, ‘four-year plan’, and more. Obama’s ‘Good War’. President Obama came into office eight […]

Nangarhar Province Afghanistan

Update: Islamic State in Afghanistan

January 4, 2017 SOF News 0

The growth of the Islamic State in Afghanistan had a surprising beginning and then the size of the group quickly diminished. ISIS had a lot of opponents – including the United States (SOF, air attacks, and drones), the Afghan security forces, and . . . […]

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from 101st CAB land at LZ in Laghman province, Afghanistan. (photo Sep 23, 2015 by CPT Jarrod Morris, U.S. Army).

Afghan War News Update 20161228

December 28, 2016 SOF News 0

News Update on the Afghan War 20161228 – Celebrated Afghan female Air Force pilot chooses to seek asylum in the United States, regional powers ‘threatened’ by Afghan insecurity, disposition of junk Afghan military vehicles, Taliban peace talks sabotaged by Pakistan, and more. Regional Powers to […]

Niloofar Rahmani, first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force. (Photo from video by Ryan M. Harper, Navy Media, 11 Mar 2015.)

Afghan War News Update

December 27, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghan war news update for 20161227 – Afghanistan has lots of generals, video of C-130J capabilities, Iran and Russia encircling U.S. in Afghanistan, video – “Bagram Airfield: 2016 Year in Review”, the downside of NDS funding “uprising militias”, and more. First Female Afghan AAF Pilot […]

Camp Vance Afghanistan Christmas 2002

Christmas 2002 – Camp Vance

December 24, 2016 SOF News 0

A snowy Christmas Eve on December 24, 2002 at Camp Vance (CJSOTF-A), Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. It has been a decade and a half since the initial entry of U.S. Special Forces teams into Afghanistan. U.S. Special Forces and other SOF units are still serving […]

Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano flying over Kabul - Afghanistan Conflict

Afghanistan Conflict Update – News, Pubs, & Reports

December 23, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Conflict News Update – TAPI Pipeline a ‘pipe dream’, sling load operations at Bagram AF, A-29 Super Tucanos deploy to Kandahar, Taliban in peace talks, Latvia in Afghanistan, EUPOL closing down operations in Afghanistan, and more. A-29 Super Tucanos Deploy to Kandahar. Earlier this […]

ANA Commando

Afghan News Update 20161216

December 16, 2016 SOF News 0

Read news updates on Afghanistan – 20161216 – Fact sheet on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (Oct 2016), Heart of Asia Conference, Survey of the Afghan People, Saudis role in Afghanistan, U.S. Soldier dies of wounds suffered in Afghan suicide attack, no more Russian helicopters, […]

National Corruption Survey Afghanistan 2016 by Integrity Watch Afghanistan. Published December 8, 2016.

Afghanistan Update – News, Papers, and Analysis

December 14, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Update 20161214 – Recent news, reports, analysis, commentary, papers and publications on security, legalizing opium in Afghanistan, Visas for Afghan interpreters, development, governance, Pakistan, Iran, Albanian armed forces, Dostum, corruption and more. National Corruption Report 2016. Integrity Watch Afghanistan has released its annual corruption report. […]