Agency of Risk: The Competing Balance between Protecting Military Forces and the Civilian Population During Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan
Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare, William Banks ed., 2013
23 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2015
Date Written: 2013
Using both the International Security Assistance Force’s tactical directive on use of force in Afghanistan and doctrinal concepts from the US military’s counterinsurgency manual, this chapter explores the allocation of risk between the military force and Afghan civilian population. The chapter first reviews civilian and military casualty figures and then uses those numbers as a touchstone against which to consider each group’s perception of the risk they face.
Keywords: Counterinsurgency, Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, civilian, military, risk, tactical directive, Operation Enduring Freedom, Taliban, United Nations, UN, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, counterinsurgency manual, casualty, casualties, killed, wounded, McCrysta
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