IN THE WARLORDS' SHADOW; 2 of 6: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban; by Daniel R Green. Detailed & illuminating look at COIN efforts in Uruzgan province . . . well-researched, first-person account

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Photo: One of the biggest challenges when entering a new area in Afghanistan is earning the trust and confidence of the local community. With the presence of a new base, Patrol Base Mohammed, many people of the Mirabad Valley, Uruzgan province, are seeing their government for the first time.

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IN THE WARLORDS' SHADOW; Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban; by Daniel R Green. Published by Naval Institute Press.

One of the biggest challenges when entering a new area in Afghanistan is earning the trust and confidence of the local community. With the presence of a new base, Patrol Base Mohammed, many people of the Mirabad Valley, Uruzgan province, are seeing their government for the first time. "The Afghan government has never been out here - especially in these far, far reaches," said U.S. Army Capt. Patrick M. Blue, civil affairs team leader for the Uruzgan Provincial Reconstruction Team. "These people have never met their government, they have no idea what their government is." -- By Spc. Edward Garibay, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, March 18, 2011

• “In the Warlords’ Shadow is a superb, unflinching look at one of the most important yet most neglected endeavors of the last fifteen years of combat. Special Operations Forces raised local defense forces that successfully defended key areas of Afghanistan from the Taliban, providing an important case of partnering with nonstate local actors. Simply put, harnessing those with the most to gain—and the most to lose—is the right way to win today's wars.” —Linda Robinson, author of One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

• “In the Warlords’ Shadow is a brilliant study of the intimate dynamics of the Afghan war, of its tribal elders, and militias and insurgents. . . . Part memoir, part reportage, and part analysis, this book is a masterpiece of local history and a crucial piece to the puzzle of understanding how to bring peace to Afghanistan.” —Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

• “In the Warlords’ Shadow is a rare, insider’s account into the Special Operations program Village Stability Operations which was so devastatingly effective against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Dan Green’s on-the-ground perspective, as both a civilian and a member of the military, provides an insightful look into how Special Forces and SEALs eventually adapted their strategy to the unique demands of Afghan stability – in a sea of Special Operations memoirs, this one stands alone.” —Dick Couch, author of Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine and The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228

• “At a time when Islamic State and other violent extremist terror groups are fomenting instability around the world—and at home, Dan Green has an answer to defeating them. In the Warlords’ Shadow is an honest and hard-hitting account of how Village Stability Operations changed the game in some of the most violently contested places of rural Afghanistan. Dan’s lessons come first hand from a warrior-diplomat who immersed himself in the local environment on an unprecedented scale. If we are serious about ending the longest war in U.S. history, our politicians, policy makers, and senior military leaders would do well to take numerous margin notes inside the pages of this book.” —Lt. Col. Scott Mann, USA (Ret.), author of Game Changers: Going Local to Defeat Violent Extremists

• “Why is counterinsurgency doctrine more effective in some settings than others? And what are the keys to successfully battling an insur...