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U.S. NEO Evacuation at Kabul International Airport


Taliban Regime

Taliban Regime
News about Taliban Regime
The Resistance to the Taliban Regime

Kabul NEO / Air Evacuation

U.S. NEO Evacuation at Kabul International Airport
Operation Allies Refuge - Supporting Afghan SIV Applicants in the U.S.
Afghan Interpreters

Taliban Victory - 2021

Taliban U.S. Withdrawal Agreement (Feb 2020)
Failure in Afghanistan
Spring 2021 Taliban Offensive
Intelligence Failure or Policy Failure?
Assessments of ANDSF Training over 20 Years

Taliban and Other Insurgent Groups
(2001 - 2021)

Roots of Insurgency
al Qaeda
East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Chinese separatist group.
Haqqani Network
Hezb-i-Islami (HIG)
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan or IMU. Uzebekistan group.
Quetta Shura Taliban
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Pakistani militant group.
ISIS in Afghanistan

Countries - Neighboring and Regional



Books on Afghan History
Soviet Union Invasion and Occupation of Afghanistan - 1979 - 1989
Civil War (1989-1992)
Civil War (1992-1996)
Taliban Regime
Timeline of the Afghan War - 2000 to Present
Battles & Operations: 2001-2014


Archived Webpages

With the fall of the Afghan government in the summer of 2021 the Taliban took power. The vast majority of the pages below are now historical in nature - covering the period of 2001 to 2021.

Blogs, Daily News, Research Sites, Reading Lists,
Maps, and other References

Daily Read  A quick look at the news for Afghanistan
Current News A more indepth look at the news for Afghanistan. Multiple sources.
Research Sites
Military Websites
Government Websites
Afghan War News Blog
Weekly Newsletter
Blogs on Afghan War
Blogs by Military
Afghan Reading List
Afghan War Glossary
Resolute Support Annotated Bibliography An Adobe Acrobat PDF with over 200 pages filled with links to websites, documents, and publications about Resolute Support, Afghanistan, and Security Force Assistance (SFA)
Assessments and Reports on Afghan War
Lessons Learned (LL) of Afghan War
General Information
Books. Listing of books about Afghanistan
Documentaries. Listing of films and documentaries about Afghanistan
Videos and Movies - a listing of videos about Afghanistan and the Afghan War
Podcasts - a listing of podcasts about Afghanistan.

Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF)

Ministry of Defense (MoD)

Afghan National Army
Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC)
     Afghan Commandos
     Afghan National Army Special Forces
     Cobra Strike Kandaks
     National Mission Brigade (NMB)
     KKA - Afghan Partnering Unit (APU)
Afghan Border Force (ABF)
Afghan National Civil Order Force (ANCOF)
Afghan Territorial Army (ATA)
ANA Combat Support Kandak (CSK)
ANA Combat Service Support Kandak (CSSK)
Corps Engineer Kandak (CEK)
ANA Mobile Strike Force (MSF)
ANA Tank Kandak
ANA Logistics
ANA 122-mm D-30 Howitzer
ANA 82mm Mortar
ANA M224 60mm Mortar
ANA-TF - Afghan National Army Territorial Force
Officer Cadet Training - 'Sandhurst in the Sand' or ANA-OA
Pay Issues and Mobile Money
Women in MOD and ANA

Afghan Air Force (AAF)
Special Mission Wing (SMW)
Air Advisors to Afghan Air Force (AAF)
Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air (TAAC-Air)
A-29 Super Tocano
C-208 Cessna
MD-530F Helicopter
Mi-17 Transport Helicopter
Mi-35 Attack Helicopter
UH-60 Black Hawk
Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATAC)

Ministry of Interior (MoI)

Afghan National Police
Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF)
Afghan Local Police (ALP)
     News Articles about ALP
Afghan National Auxiliary Police (ANAP)
Afghan Border Police (ABP)
Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP)
Afghan Democratic Policing Project (ADPP)
Directorate of Police Intelligence (DPI)
Office of Police Ombudsman (OPO)
Police Institutional Advisory Team (PIAT)
Provincial Response Company (PRC)
Public Security Police (PSP)
General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU)
     ATF 888
Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF)
MoI Radio FM 96.5
German Police Project Team (GPPT)
Women's Police Corps
Females in ANP / MoI



ANDSF Roadmap
South Asia Strategy 2017
Village Stability Operations (VSO)
Community Based Security Solutions (CBSS)
Interim Security Critical Infrastructure (ISCI)
Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP)
Local Defense Initiative (LDI)
Community Defense Initiative (CDI)
Afghan Public Protection Program (APPP or AP3)
Afghan Guard Force (AGF)
Operation Coordination Center (OCC)
People's Uprising Program (PUP)
District Control



News about Governance in Afghanistan
Afghan Ministries
Elections in Afghanistan
     2014 Elections
     2015 Elections
     2018 Parliamentary Elections
National Unity Government (NUG)
Publications about Governance in Afghanistan
Reintegration of Insurgents
     Reintegration News
     Afghan High Peace Council
     Publications about Reintegration
Reconciliation and Peace Talks
     News about Reconciliation and Peace Talks
Rule of Law in Afghanistan
Corruption in Afghanistan
Taliban Governance
District Control



Development News
Afghan Economy
National Solidarity Programme (NSP)
Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP)
Community Development Councils (CDCs)
Provincial Development Plans (PDPs)
Publications about Development
Solar Energy
     Agricultural Development for Afghan Pre-Deployment Training (ADAPT)
Road Construction
Istanbul Process - "The Heart of Asia"
Kajaki Hyrdoelectric Dam
     Afghan Marble Industry
     Hajigak Iron Ore Mine
     Mes Aynak Copper Mine
New Silk Road Strategy (NSRS)
Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) - USAID Program
TAPI Pipeline
     COVID-19 in Afghanistan

Cross-Cutting Issues and Miscellaneous Categories

AfPak Hands Program
COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT)
     CAAT Recommended Reading List
     Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
     COIN Training Center - Afghanistan (CTC-A)

Information Operations. IO, PSYOP, and MISO.
     Afghan Media
     Radio In A Box RIAB
     Inform and Influence Activities (IIA)
     Social Media
Insider Threat or Green-on-Blue Incidents
     News Articles on Insider Threat
     Insider Threat References
     Insider Threat Guidebook 2.0
Women in Afghanistan

Security Force Assistance (SFA)

Security Force Assistance (SFA)

Advising Conceptional Framework
Difference Between FID and SFA
Security Force Assistance Imperatives
Security Force Assistance Tasks - OTERA
Video on Functionally-based Security Force Assistance

Advisor Selection and Training
Advisor Selection
Advisor Training - News Reports & Articles
Advisor Selection Criteria Survey - take survey and view results
Common Training Standards for Security Force Assistance (DoD Jan 14)
Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) - Bydgoszcz, Poland
JSFA Course. Joint Security Force Assistance Course, Fort Polk.
SFA Course. Security Force Assistance Course, Fort Polk.

Resources for Advising in Afghanistan
Advising - Papers and Pubs about Advising
SFA Publications. Reports, Documents, Field Manuals, and more
     DoD Instructions on SFA
     Papers about SFA
15 Principles of SFA.
Security Force Assistance Terminology
Monthly ANDSF Assessment Report (MAAR)
NSF Advisor Guide (JCISFA May 2014)
FAQs about SFA
ISAF Security Force Assistance Guide 2.0 (ISAF January 2014)
Security Force Assistance Guide 3.0 (ISAF July 2014)
SFA Advisor Process Maps. Graphical depictions of ANSF systems.

SFA / TAA By Function, Staff, or Expertise
Functional SFA
     5 Functional Pillars
          Combined Arms Operation
          Personnel & Training
     8 Essential Functions
          EF 1 PPBE
          EF 2 TAO
          EF 3 RoL / Gov
          EF 4 Force Gen
          EF 5 Force Sust
          EF 6 C2 Ops
          EF 7 Intel
          EF 8 STRATCOM
     Advising Functional Areas
          Resource Management (RM)
          Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight (TAO)
          Rule of Law and Governance
          Force Development
          Operational Sustainment and Logistics
          Command and Control Operations
          Strategic Communications
          Gender Integration and Mainstreaming
 Specific Functional Areas
   SFA and Medical Advising
   SFA and Engineer Advising
   SFA and Communications Advising

Advising Structure and Organizations for SFA (old and new)
Embedded Training Teams (ETTs) (2003 to ?)
SFATs. Info on 48-man SFATs attached to BCTs (2012 - 2014).
SFAATs. Info on Security Force Assistance Teams.
   SFAAT News Reports
SFABs. Info on Security Force Assistance Brigades (2012 - 2014).
TAAC - Train, Advise, and Assist Command
     TAAC West
     Task Force Southeast
ACC. Advise and Assist Cell
Expeditionary Advisory Package (EAP)

The New SFABs (2017 to present)
SFAB News Stories
1st SFAB
     1st SFAB News Stories, Articles, Analysis, and Commentary
     1st SFAB MOSs - Military Occupational Specialities
2nd SFAB News Stories
3rd SFAB News Stories
4th SFAB News Stories
5th SFAB News Stories
54th SFAB News Stories

Miscellaneous Info on SFA
Advising Afghan Ministries
Advisor Experiences in Afghanistan
Levels of Advising
    Level Two Advising
Guardian Angels


Intelligence Support to Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
Afghan Automated Biometric Information System (AABIS)
Company Intelligence Support Team (CoIST)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Drones
F3EAD - Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, and Disseminate
Attack the Network (AtN)
DCGS and Palantir
Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)
Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Khost Protection Force (KPF)
National Directorate of Security (NDS)
National Military Intelligence Center (NMIC)
National Information Management System (NIMS)
National Target Exploitation Center (NTEC)
Directorate of Police Intelligence (DPI)


Battle of Tora Bora - 2001
Operation Anaconda - 2002
Battle for Marjah - 2010
Fight for Kandahar - 2010-2011
Death of Osama Bin Laden  -  May 2, 2011
Koran Burning Incident  -  Feb 2012
Panjwai District Killings - March 11, 2012
Local Uprisings in Afghanistan
Kabul Restaurant Bombing - January 2014
Park Palace Hotel Attack - May 2015
Kunduz - Taliban take City in Fall 2015
Kunduz MSF Medical Facility Attacked - October 2015
Brussels Conference on Afghanistan - October 2016

Units and Organizations

Order of Battle (OB) - Listing of units in Afghanistan

CJ7 Training and Exercises (TREX)
Coast Guard RAID Team
Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A)
Cultural Support Teams (CSTs)
European Union (EU) in Afghanistan
Female Engagement Team (FET)
Functional Area Support Team (FAST)
Human Terrain Teams (HTTs)
ISAF Joint Command (IJC)
Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA)
Kabul Security Forces (KSF)
Marines - U.S. Marine Corps
NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A)
Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs)
Security Force Assistance Teams (SFAT)
Security Force Assistance Advisory Teams (SFAAT)
Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan (SOJTF-A)
Special Operations Weather Technicians (SOWT)
Stability Operations Information Center (SOIC)
Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO)
Task Force Musketeer (France)
Task Force ODIN Afghanistan
Task Force Phoenix Afghanistan
Task Force South West
Train Advise Assist Command - North (TAAC-North)
Train Advise Assist Command - South (TAAC-South)

Countries - Coalition and Others

New Zealand
United Kingdom


     B-1 Lancer BomberAMD-65 Assault Rifle
Drones. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs.
     RQ-20 Puma
C-RAM Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar system
PGSS - Persistent Ground Surveillance System
Reflective Belts


Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB)


Ashraf Ghani
General John Campbell
General Dostum
Jim Gant
Mohammad Qasim Fahim
Governor Atta Mohammad Noor
Abdul Raziq


Afghan Human Resource Information Management System (AHRMS)
Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA)
Bergdahl Desertion
Civilian Casualties (CIVCAS)
Civilian Surge
Close Air Support (CAS)
Commitment Letters
Enduring Partnership
Ghost Soldiers and Police
Human Rights
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) 
Jirgas and Shuras
Metrics for ANSF
Night Raids
Northern Distribution Network (NDN)
Operation Freedom's Sentinel
Photographs of Afghanistan
Policy in Afghanistan - U.S. Policy Towards Afghanistan
Retrograde from Afghanistan
Resolute Support
Warlords of Afghanistan

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