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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
Maps
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

Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)

Ministry of Defense (MoD)

Afghan National Army
Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC)
     Afghan Commandos
     Afghan National Army Special Forces
     KKA - Afghan Partnering Unit (APU)
ANA Combat Support Kandak (CSK)
ANA Combat Service Support Kandak (CSSK)
Corps Engineer Kandak (CEK)
ANA Mobile Strike Force (MSF)
ANA Logistics
ANA 122-mm D-30 Howitzer
ANA 82mm Mortar
ANA M224 60mm Mortar
Officer Cadet Training - 'Sandhurst in the Sand' or ANA-OA
Pay Issues and Mobile Money
Females in ANA and MoD

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
PC-12
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)
General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU)
Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF)
MoI Radio FM 96.5
German Police Project Team (GPPT)
Women's Police Corps
Females in ANP / MoI

Security

Security

Village Stability Operations (VSO)
Community Based Security Solutions (CBSS)
Interim Security Critical Infrastructure (ISCI)
Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP)
Local Defense Initiative (LDI)
Militias
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

Governance

Governance

News about Governance in Afghanistan
Afghan Ministries
Elections in Afghanistan
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

Development

Development

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

Cross-Cutting Issues and Miscellaneous Categories

AfPak Hands Program
COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT)
     CAAT Recommended Reading List
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
Culture
     Tribes
     Ramazan

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
Weather
Women in Afghanistan

Security Force Assistance (SFA)

Security Force Assistance (SFA)

Advisor Selection
Advising - Papers and Pubs about Advising
SFAATs. Info on Security Force Assistance Teams.
SFABs. Info on Security Force Assistance Brigades.
TAAC - Train, Advise, and Assist Command
ACC. Advise and Assist Cell.
SFAAT News Reports
SFA Publications. Reports, Documents, Field Manuals, and more
     DoD Instructions on SFA
     Papers about SFA
SFATs. Info on 48-man SFATs attached to BCTs.
15 Principles of SFA.
Security Force Assistance Terminology
SFA and Medical Advising
SFA and Engineer Advising
SFA and Communications Advising
Functional SFA
     5 Functional Pillars
          C2
          Leadership
          Combined Arms Operation
          Personnel & Training
          Sustainment
     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 Afghan Ministries
Levels of Advising
    Level Two Advising
Monthly ANDSF Assessment Report (MAAR)
NSF Advisor Guide (JCISFA May 2014)
Difference Between FID and SFA
Advisor Selection Criteria Survey - take survey and view results
FAQs about SFA
Security Force Assistance Guide 3.0 (ISAF July 2014)
Video on Functionally-based Security Force Assistance
Common Training Standards for Security Force Assistance (DoD Jan 14)
Embedded Training Teams (ETTs)
Partnering
SFA Advisor Process Maps. Graphical depictions of ANSF systems.
Security Force Assistance Imperatives
Security Force Assistance Tasks - OTERA
Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) - Bydgosczc, Poland

Intelligence

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)
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)

The Taliban and Other Insurgent Groups

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

History

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

Events

Battle of Tora Bora - 2001
Operation Anaconda - 2002
Death of Osama Bin Laden  -  May 2, 2011
Koran Burning Incident  -  Feb 2012
Panjwai District Killings - March 11, 2012
2014 Afghan Elections
2015 Afghan Elections
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)
Human Terrain Teams (HTTs)
ISAF Joint Command (IJC)
Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA)
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)

 Countries - Neighboring, Coalition and Troop Contributing Nations

Australia
Bulgaria
China
Denmark
Estonia
France
Germany
Georgia
India
Iran
Italy
Lithuania
Macedonia
Norway
Pakistan
Russia
Tajikistan
United Kingdom

Equipment

AMD-65 Assault Rifle
Boots
Drones. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs.
     Shadow
     ScanEagle
C-RAM Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar system.
Reflective Belts
Wolfhound
Aircraft
     B-1 Lancer Bomber

Weapons

Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB)

People

General John Campbell
Jim Gant
Mohammad Qasim Fahim

Topics

Afghan Human Resource Information Management System (AHRMS)
Balochistan
Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA)
Bergdahl Desertion
Civilian Casualties (CIVCAS)
Civilian Surge
Civilianization
Close Air Support (CAS)
Commitment Letters
Disarmament
Drugs
Enduring Partnership
Ghost Soldiers and Police
Human Rights
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) 
Interpreters
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
Refugees
Retrograde from Afghanistan
Resolute Support
Transition
Warlords of Afghanistan
Water

 


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