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Biddle, The Afghan model och rebellernas skicklighet i Operation unified protector
Swedish National Defence College.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The 2001 campaign in Afghanistan where precision airpower and special operation forces alongside indigenous allies were used to topple the Talibans has brought debaters to argue whether it was a revolution of warfare or a fluke. Stephen Biddle has argued that this Afghan Model is deeply dependent on the indigenous ally being at least as skilled as its enemy.

Ten years later, a similar concept was used in Libya to overthrow the Gaddafi-regime. This paper examines and compares the skill of the rebels and the regime forces fighting on the ground in Libya, in order to test Biddle’s Afghan Model theory. Hence, the purpose for this study is to broaden the understanding as to when and how often the Afghan Model may be used.

Initially, rebels demonstrated low levels of tactical skill in comparison to regime forces. However, rebels gradually improved their skills and by the end of the fighting, months later the skill gap had been reduced considerably. Without drawing a definite conclusion, the analysis indicates, that skill of the indigenous ally in order for the Afghan Model to work is of importance, however not to the same degree as presented by Biddle.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
Keyword [sv]
Operation Unified Protector, Biddle, The Afghan Model, Rebell, Framgång, Skicklighet
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6191OAI: diva2:941200
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2016-08-18Bibliographically approved

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