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One Tribe at a Time (Gant)

One Tribe at a Time (Gant)

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© 2009 Major Jim Gant All Rights Reserved. A digital copy (PDF) of this publication is available to the public at:stevenpresseld.com. 
Cover photo: “Sitting Bull” and tribal elders in Mangwel, Konar Province, Afghanistan All photos in this publication taken by Jim Gant and members of U. S. Special Forces Team ODA 316Contact the author at . . . . . .
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Te thoughts and I ideas that I will put orward in this paper are mine alone. AlthoughI credit the US Army Special Forces or the training I have received and the trust o its com-manders, nothing in this paper refects the ideas and thinking o any other person ororganization.I am not a proessional writer. Any mistakes in ormatting, spelling, quoting, etc. are minealone.I am not implying by writing this paper that anyone has “got it wrong” or that I have all theright answers. I don’t.I started writing this paper in January o ’09 prior to the “New Aghanistan Plan.” Much haschanged since then. It is an extremely dicult and elusive situation in Aghanistan.Tis paper is about tactical employment o small, well-trained units that, when combinedwith a larger eort, will have positive strategic implications.Te ollowing is a short list o terms you will see in this paper. I will dene others as theyappear:
TET
stands or “ribal Engagement eams.I will go into detail about them inChapter Eight, but they are reerred to in many places prior to that.
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reers to “actical ribal Engagement.”
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reers to “ribal Engagement Strategy.”
TSF
reers to “ribal Security Force.I will also employ the word
 Arbakai
nextto it, as this is the Aghan term most used to describe the type o tribal elementour Es would “advise, assist, train and lead.”I am not here to imply that I think I could win the war in Aghanistan i put in charge. Orthat I can meet these challenges alone, or that there aren’t soldiers out there who could do itbetter. I just know what I have done and what I could do again, i given the chance.
Fg ccy — Tk sgcy

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