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With the Taliban threatening Kandahar city in the summer of 2009, the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry – part of the first Stryker brigade to deploy to Afghanistan – mounted a series of actions to destroy insurgent power in the region. Strykers in Afghanistan tells the story of the battalion’s initial operations, focusing on its difficult fight for the Arghandab Valley. The valley, located near Kandahar city, was a Taliban safehaven characterized by dense orchards and irrigation canals. This study recounts how the men of 1-17 IN took advantage of their equipment and adapted their tactics in the face of a determined foe defending complex terrain. To download a copy, please go to: http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/csi/....Read More
In 2011, a US Army infantry battalion and allied Afghan security forces entered the Watapur Valley in northeastern Afghanistan to destroy an insurgent training base. Before achieving that objective, however, the Soldiers of the 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry and their Afghan partners became decisively engaged with a determined foe on the ridgelines high above the valley. Hammer Down tells the story of that battle and explains its meaning in the larger context of the Afghan Campaign....Read More
As the Army moves forward with Mission Command as its command philosophy, Combat Studies Institute offers a new work titled “16 Cases of Mission Command.” This collection of historical cases seeks to sharpen Soldiers' understanding of the command doctrine by providing examples from the past in which Mission Command principles played a decisive role. Some cases show junior officers following their commander’s intent and exercising disciplined initiative in very chaotic combat operations. ...Read More
The Combat Studies institute is proud to announce its interactive iBook Vanguard of Valor: Small Unit Actions in Afghanistan...Read More