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by Modern War Institute at West Point
Irregular Warfare Podcast

Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan


What lessons should the United States military take from twenty years of war in Afghanistan? This episode focuses on US efforts in the Pech valley, where the United States waged an enduring counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaign over many years. Our guests, Wesley Morgan and retired Colonel Bill Ostlund, argue that the Pech represents a microcosm of the broader US war effort in Afghanistan, and that the collapse of the Afghan government following the withdrawal of US forces from the country in August 2021 was foreseeable by looking at what happened in the valley after US forces withdrew years earlier.

Intro music: "Unsilenced" by Ketsa

Outro music: "Launch" by Ketsa




by Modern War Institute at West Point