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Tossing the Afghan COIN | Michael A. Cohen, The Nation

As long as there has been war, as long as one nation has sought to impose its military will on another, there have been insurgents… and there have also been counter-insurgents.

In recent years, however, the US military has not only rediscovered counterinsurgency but reinvented it, first in Iraq and now in Afghanistan. To listen to the American military or, better, to read the Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual, FM 3-24, is to hear a tale of COIN’s bloody legacy of coercion and violence magically transformed.

Tossing the Afghan COIN | The Nation

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