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The War for Helmand, 2006-11. Helmand. First Cut. From enemy-focused to population-centric. Focus on fighting, 2006-07. 16 bde: ‘attrition of Taliban forces’ 3 Cdo: ‘keeping the Taliban at bay’ 12 Mech: taking the offensive. 52 brigade: new approach. Prize = the population

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The War for Helmand, 2006-11


Helmand


First Cut

From enemy-focused to population-centric


Focus on fighting, 2006-07

  • 16 bde: ‘attrition of Taliban forces’

  • 3 Cdo: ‘keeping the Taliban at bay’

  • 12 Mech: taking the offensive


52 brigade: new approach

  • Prize = the population

  • Main effort = win their consent

  • Approach = rebalance kinetic and non-kinetic activity


Explaining change

  • New people, new ideas

  • Switch in Taliban tactics

  • Increased resources


More please…


Second cut

Evolution of British approach


Game changer


The War for Helmand, 2006-11

Top 5 takeaways


1.Boots on the ground


This is the main COIN platform


Small wars require big armies


Flooding the South


Afghans want these guys


ANSF numbers


The best counterinsurgents


2.Unity of command


The man and his plan


3.Bloody business


COIN requires MCO


No pain, no gain


Best avoid big battles in towns


4.The bad guys


…ain’t 10 feet tall


The other side of the Hill


5.The 80%


Developing COIN capability


Security first, governance foremost


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