John Nagl on Afghanistan and Iraq
December 18, 2013
Guest: John Nagl
NATO troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by December 31, 2014 marking an end to the 13 year war there.¬† President Obama is having difficulty reaching an agreement with President Hamid Karzai to keep a small force of American troops in the country to train and advise Afghan forces. Meanwhile in Iraq, a sharp increase in violence by al-Qaida affiliates has raised serious concerns about that country‚Äôs security and the potential of civil war two years after U.S. withdrawal.¬† This hour, a conversation with Retired Lieutenant Colonel¬†JOHN NAGL on the final year of war in Afghanistan and challenges of sectarian violence in Iraq.¬†¬† Nagl is now Headmaster at the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia, is one of the architects of the U.S. counterinsurgency operations, co-authoring the Army and Marine field manual on counterinsurgency strategy.¬† He comes in to talk to Marty about the future of Afghanistan and Iraq and the role of the U.S. in the region.