In their enthusiasm to withdraw forces from Afghanistan as early as possible, British and American politicians are considering putting greater reliance on Special Operations Forces, who can enter the country briefly to execute clinical raids such as the one that killed Osama bin Laden. But Danny Steed argues that such a strategy is fraught with dangers. Despite its superficial attractions, political leaders should avoid adopting such a course.
Danny is one of our PhD students, working within the Liberal Way of War programme. His thesis is on Strategy, Intelligence, and British Performance in the 1956 Suez Crisis.
The downing of an American Chinook helicopter on August 6th, with the loss of all on board, including members of SEAL Team Six, should provide impetus for debate on strategy in Afghanistan. On BFBS radio show Sitrep, Christopher Lee, Sitrep’s in-house defence analyst, argued that the Chinook downing will have negligible impact on the Afghanistan campaign in the immediate short-term. This post seeks to consider a wider viewpoint, on how this incident indeed holds implications for the long-term prosecution of the Afghanistan campaign.
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