Intelligence Shift Shows Change In Afghan War Aims

U.S. military intelligence is shifting in Afghanistan to make hunting the Taliban and al-Qaida the top priority. Tracking Afghan culture and bolstering the Kabul government is becoming less important.

That's according to three current officials in Afghanistan, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

President Barack Obama's decision to start bringing home U.S. troops next month is part of shrinking U.S. ambitions from limited nation-building to ensuring that the Afghan government is good enough to prevent terrorists' safe havens from returning.

Targeting insurgent leaders and their support networks is seen as an important part of the U.S. exit strategy. The thinking is that Taliban leaders will be more ready for a deal if they feel threatened personally.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Hmmm, the timing for the major draw down just in time for the presidential debates.
  • by Lubba Location: really? on Jun 26, 2011 at 03:59 PM
    Intelligence want an Intelligence shift......well you better elected another president if you want an Intelligence shift. I would prefer one that was not the same color as BUSH.....Green as GREED
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    Track their culture?I thought we were supposed to be over their killing them to begin with.
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      by Retired Enlisted Marine on Jun 26, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to
      We, do you say WE? Your in your nice safe house because THEY are doing a GREAT job.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to Retired Enlisted Marine
        How do you know the poster didn't serve? Get over yourself already!
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          by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 04:29 PM in reply to
          He's not there NOW!

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