Daily Archives: July 15, 2009

After consulting the highly regarded US counterinsurgency field manual, I’ve turned armchair general and definitively calculated how many extra troops are needed in Helmand.

Forget the debate about sending an extra 700 or 2,000 — for the campaign in Helmand to meet basic counterinsurgency doctrine, we’d need to double the number of US, UK and Afghan troops in the province. Read more