Tag Archives: Taliban

Mark Collins – ISIS, Islamism and Pakistan’s CT Failure

31 Oct

The very knowledgeable Pakistani author Ahmed Rashid (pieces for the NY Review of Books here) excoriates his country’s government: Viewpoint: Pakistan’s Quetta attack blame game The att…

Source: Mark Collins – ISIS, Islamism and Pakistan’s CT Failure

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Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

26 Oct

A letter sent to the NY Times and not published: Paul Theroux [website here] writes (“Pardon the American Taliban”, Oct. 23) that “after Sept. 11, the United States invaded Afghan…

Source: Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

19 Oct

One simple thing: a personnel promotion system for officers that undermined effectiveness locally. Is the Canadian Army any different? Excerpts from a must-read post by a retired US Army officer at…

Source: Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

Mark Collins – Afghanistan “Worth It”–Don’t Lose it

3 Oct

And keep in mind the truly nefarious role of miscreant Pakistan–excerpts from a major NY Times article, by a reporter with great Afghan experience, that is a clear message to the next America…

Source: Mark Collins – Afghanistan “Worth It”–Don’t Lose it

Mark Collins – Afghanistan: POTUS Backs Down on US Forces Draw-Down (plus NATO)

6 Jul

Further to these posts, Afghanistan: NATO and US to Keep Substantial Troops Through 2016 … No Canada though. But if training in Iraq vs ISIS is such a great thing according to our new governm…

Source: Mark Collins – Afghanistan: POTUS Backs Down on US Forces Draw-Down (plus NATO)

Mark Collins – POTUS Bites a Bullet, Loosens US Forces in Afghanistan Somewhat

10 Jun

Further to this post, Most Recent US Afghan Commander Pushes Back at POTUS the president Obama recognizes that the US military needs to be more active and forward vs the Talibs: Obama approves broa…

Source: Mark Collins – POTUS Bites a Bullet, Loosens US Forces in Afghanistan Somewhat

Mark Collins – NSA’s Large Foreign Presence Supporting US Wars/Some Five Eyes on Twitter

18 May

Canada’s CSE for its part was pretty active in Afghanistan, and almost certainly now in Iraq, on an obviously much smaller scale than the NSA: Inside the government’s secret NSA program…

Source: Mark Collins – NSA’s Large Foreign Presence Supporting US Wars/Some Five Eyes on Twitter