30,000 Additional Troops to Afghanistan?

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, speaking before a town hall meeting at Fort Drum, New York, on February 9th, indicated that no more than 30,000 additional troops will be sent to Afghanistan, bringing total deployment to around 60,000.  See this MSNBC article.  Given President Barack Obama’s pledge to lay more emphasis upon military operations there (as opposed to Iraq), Americans can expect to hear more about the fighting in Afghanistan in coming months. 

Since the war in Afghanistan began following the September 11th attacks, the library has picked up quite a few titles on this country and the tragic conflict which has gone on there unabated for decades.  One of our most recent titles is Invisible History:  Afghanistan’s Untold Story by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a general work on this troubled country’s history and politics.  And for more in this vein, see also A Brief History of Afghanistan by Shaista Wahab and Barry Youngerman.   

Our recent works on the U.S. operations in Afghanistan include:  Walking the Precipice:  Witness to the Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan (on order) by Barbara Bick; The Great Gamble:  The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory Feifer; The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan, edited by Robert D. Crews and Amin Tarzi; Descent into Chaos:  The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid; A General Speaks Out:  The Truth About the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong; Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, edited by Andrew Carroll; and The War I Always Wanted:  The Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War a Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq by Brandon Friedman. 

The Great Gamble:  The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory Feifer deals with the former Soviet Union’s occupation and defeat there in the 1980s.

Also, please remember that you can keep abreast of current events like the war in Afghanistan in Facts on File.


4 Responses

  1. While the US and allied forces are steadily accruing combat experience in Afghanistan, analysis of the Soviet experience there remains the foundation for most writing on the subject. An excellent clearing-house for full text publications on the Soviet experience in Afghanistan can be had at the US Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. These publications are, for the most part, written by and for a military audience, so they may not appeal to the casual reader. For the committed reader of military history, strategy and tactics, this is a great Web site to file away and remember. Basically any historical publication coming out of Ft. Leavenworth is likely to be worthwhile.

  2. Thanks for an informative and valuable comment, Arthur.

  3. Hi there. Thought you might be interested in this: http://jkfowler.com/2009/11/12/afghanistan/ . Cheers, JK

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