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Landpower in the Long WarProjecting Force After 9/11$
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Jason W. Warren

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177571

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177571.001.0001

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Denying Sanctuary

Denying Sanctuary

A Strategic Analysis of Operation Enduring Freedom

(p.106) 6 Denying Sanctuary
Landpower in the Long War

Gregory Roberts

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter contends that the United States' inability to conclude the war in Afghanistan has been a direct consequence of its political aim. Policy-makers intended Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) to achieve a state of perpetual prevention that not only eliminated terrorist sanctuaries but also denied terrorists the possibility of sanctuary in the future. Attaining this goal required an open-ended commitment of American landpower, until such time as a new Afghan political order could prevent terrorist safe havens from reemerging. However, US policy-makers repeatedly planned for the termination of the military campaign rather than the achievement of its political objective.Consequently, the United States never developed a strategy for achieving OEF's desired end state.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, terrorist safe havens, War on Terrorism

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