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U.S. Staging 40 Raids In Afghanistan Every Night

TIME.COM - Counter-insurgency is so 2007. Everybody knows that Republicans and Democrats have quietly agreed that flooding some dusty foreign land with U.S. troops is too expensive, and we can't stomach the casualties any longer.

All the cool kids are into counter-terrorism now. (Note to think tanks: It's no longer hip to tell reporters things like, "We can't kill our way to victory.") Instead we are going to leave small bases of elite troops in Afghanistan to carry out targeted raids aimed at isolated bad guys, and kill our way to victory. It's cheap. And it sounds so clean. We won't bother with the whole country, our super-secret guys will put on their ninja suits and take out the bad guys one by one.

But it turns out there is no free lunch. The Open Society Foundations and the Liason Office, an Afghan NGO, have a new report on these counter-terrorism raids, which are mostly conducted at night. "The Cost of Kill/Capture" solidly reports that for some strange reason, people don't like it when you kick in their doors in the middle of the night and point guns at them, particularly if they haven't done anything wrong. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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