Afghanistan’s Strategic Problem: Lessons from Indian Counterinsurgency

It is no secret that Afghanistan has been recently struggling to deal with suicide terrorism. Earlier in June a series of bombings killed dozens, prompting a surrogate of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to admit “you can’t search everyone.” The government’s seeming admission to the futility of counterterrorism efforts at targeting suicide attacks is underscored by a seemingly endless war against the Taliban, and the over 400 dead in suicide blasts in 2016 alone. While the number of attacks has gone down since their recent peak in 2014, the lethality of the attacks has more than tripled from 2005. Afghan security forces should dig in and copy the well tested model of its South Asian neighbors. Read more below.