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PRE–DEPLOYMENT AFGHANISTAN READING LIST instructions: These reading lists are divided into three distinct levels tailored to the rank and mission role deploying members will most likely fulfill. The Tactical Level list is designed for deploying E1-E3 personnel, the Small Unit Leaders list is designed for deploying E4-E6 and O1-O3 personnel and the Operational/ Strategic Planners list is designed for deploying E7-E9 and O4-O6 personnel.

tactical level

small unit leaders

operational / strategic planners

Revised COMISAF Tactical Directive (6 July 2009) published by COMISAF

Revised COMISAF Tactical Directive (6 July 2009) published by COMISAF

Commander’s Initial Guidance (13 June 2009; available AFPAK SIPR Portal) published by COMISAF

Commander’s Initial Guidance (13 June 2009; available AFPAK SIPR Portal) published by COMISAF

Revised COMISAF Tactical Directive (6 July 2009) published by COMISAF

Small Unit Leader’s Guide to Counterinsurgency published by USMC

Counter-Insurgency – Commander’s Guidance by LTG Sir Graeme Lamb

Commander’s Initial Guidance (13 June 2009; available AFPAK SIPR Portal) published by COMISAF MCIA Afghanistan Cultural Field Guide and MCIA Afghanistan Culture Smart Card published by the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity Twenty–Eight Articles: Fundamentals of Company Level Counterinsurgency by Dr. David Kilcullen

Counter-Insurgency – Commander’s Guidance by LTG Sir Graeme Lamb MCIA Afghanistan Cultural Field Guide and MCIA Afghanistan Culture Smart Card published by the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity

Afghanistan: A Military History by Stephen Tanner The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System, by Barnett Rubin

Afghanistan 101 by Ehsan M Entezar

Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

The Soviet Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost by Russian General Staff

Afghanistan 101 by Ehsan M. Entezar

Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America’s Power and Purpose by General Anthony Zinni

Afghanistan’s Cave Complexes 1979 – 2004 by Mir Bahmanyar

Counter-Insurgency – Commander’s Guidance by LTG Sir Graeme Lamb

Afghanistan’s Cave Complexes 1979 – 2004 by Mir Bahmanyar

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Hezbollah by Hala Jaber

Hezbollah by Hala Jaber Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin MCDP 1, Warfighting published by the USMC

Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Robert Kaplan

6 Nightmares: The Real Threats to American Security by Anthony Lake Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Bennett Jones Hezbollah by Hala Jaber Afghanistan’s Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban by Larry Goodson The Punishment of Virtue by Sarah Chayes

The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power by Max Boot

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet–Afghan War by Ali Ahmad Jalali and Lester Grau

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by John Nagl

The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan by Lester Grau

War In The Shadows: The Guerrilla In History by Robert Asprey

additional readings:

additional readings:

Additional Small Unit Leader Readings: War In the Shadows: The Guerrilla In History by Robert Asprey

Additional Operational/Strategic Planner Readings: MCDP 1-1, Strategy and MCDP 1-2, Campaigning published by the USMC

Afghan Guerilla Warfare: In the Words of the Mujahideen Fighters by Ali Ahmad Jalali & Lester Grau

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk

Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America by Michael Scheuer

The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan by Ayesha Jalal

additional readings:

Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods by H. John Poole and Ray Smith

War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet by Eric Margolis

Small Unit Leader’s Guide to Counterinsurgency published by COMISAFUSMC

Soldier Sahibs: The Daring Adventurers Who Tamed India's Northwest Frontier by Charles Alan

Culture and Customs of Afghanistan published by Hafizullah Emadi

Reaping the Whirlwind: Afghanistan, Al Qa'ida and the Holy War by Michael Griffin

Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid

The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan by Ben Macintyre

The Kite Runner (FICTION NOVEL) by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics by Martin Ewans

A Thousand Splendid Suns (FICTIONAL NOVEL) by Khaled Hosseini

MCDP 3, Tactics and MCDP 6, Command and Control published by the USMC

Flashman: A Novel (FICTION NOVEL) by George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman: A Novel (FICTION NOVEL) by George MacDonald Fraser

Afghan Guerilla Warfare: In the Words of the Mujahideen Fighters by Ali Ahmad Jalali and Lester Grau The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History by Peter Bergen Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer Ghost Wars by Steve Coll The Village by Bing West Afghanistan by Louis Dupree Flashman: A Novel (FICTION NOVEL) by George MacDonald Fraser

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The Joint Multinational Training Command Training Journal 2  

A publication of the Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, 2010.

The Joint Multinational Training Command Training Journal 2  

A publication of the Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany, 2010.

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