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Counterinsurgency Strategy

This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to counterinsurgency strategy, in particular in the context of NATO's role in Afghanistan.

NATO Documents

For NATO documents related to this topic, please see the following links:

After taking command as Commander of ISAF (COMISAF) and Commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (COMUSFOR-A) on 4 July 2010, General David H. Petraeus issued a revised Tactical Directive. This directive provides guidance and intent for the employment of force. This Tactical Directive was updated on 1 August 2010.

In addition, General Petraeus issued a Refined Counterinsurgency (COIN) Guidance (1 August 2010), partially built upon a Previous Guidance issued by General McChrystal (November 2009), to reinforce the principles of conducting COIN operations in Afghanistan, and a New COIN Contracting Guidance (13 September 2010) to reinforce that contracting is “commanders’ business” and that commanders must understand the effects of contract spending.

The NATO Allied Joint Doctrine for Counterinsurgency (COIN) AJP-3.4.4 was initiated in November 2008 and updated in February 2011 (this document is available to NATO staff only).

Other Documents