'A Different Kind Of War': Army Historians Document Early Missteps in Afghanistan

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In the fall of 2003, the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, decided on a new strategy. Known as counterinsurgency, the approach required coalition forces to work closely with Afghan leaders to stabilize entire regions, rather than simply attacking insurgent cells.

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