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This excellent report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. This report examines the impact of collateral damage on the Taliban insurgency. It reveals the relationship between death of innocent civilians and the tribal concept of badal (revenge). Research also analyzes Taliban propaganda leaflets to illustrate the compromise of popular support caused by collateral damage stemming from the Coalition's tactics. Research probes into the historical Anglo-Afghan wars and the 1979 Soviet invasion to draw parallels to the current insurgency. In doing so, it highlights the rising role of religion and FATA, Pakistan. FATA is analyzed to show the effects of intrusions by outside actors as well as historical and recent events that have shaped the populace and structure of these tribal regions. Lastly, the research concludes by offering non-kinetic solutions to curbing the Taliban insurgency. The solutions focus on FATA and offer socio-economic and political remedies to hinder with the Taliban recruitment efforts and cross-border incursions. This report recognizes FATA and reduction in collateral damage as pivotal factors to fostering stability in the region.

CHAPTER I - INTRODUCTION * A. PURPOSE * B. IMPORTANCE * C. ANALYTICAL AND SUBSTANTIVE CONSIDERATIONS * D. METHODOLOGY * E. PASHTUNWALI (PASHTUN TRIBAL CODE) * F. THESIS CONTENT * CHAPTER II - HISTORY AND WARFARE IN AFGHANISTAN * A. INTRODUCTION. * B. RELEVANCE * C. ANGLO-AFGHAN WARS * 1. First Anglo-Afghan War * 2. Second Anglo-Afghan War * 3. British Lessons * 4. Concept of Paladin * D. SOVIET INVASION OF 1979 * 1. Soviet Approach * 2. Role of FATA * 3. Mujahideen * 4. Wahabi Influence * 5. Role of Jamat-e-Islami * 6. Rise of Mullahs * 7. Creation of Taliban * E. SUMMARY * CHAPTER III - COLLATERAL DAMAGE AND BADAL * A. INTRODUCTION * B. CONCEPT OF BADAL * C. COLLATERAL DAMAGE * 1. U.S. Tactics * 2. Taliban Strategy * 3. Perception * D. JIHAD AND MADRASSAS * E. INFORMATION WARFARE * F. STELLA MODEL * 1. Key Assumptions * 2. Findings * 3. Applications * G. SUMMARY. * CHAPTER IV - NON-KINETIC APPROACH TO AFGHANISTAN: ADDRESSING ISSUES IN THE FATA * A. INTRODUCTION * B. GOVERNMENT NEGLECTS * 1. Poor Quality-of-Life * 2. Drugs * C. CURRENT APPROACH * 1. Death of Innocent * 2. Dilemma of the Pakistani Army * 3. Repercussions of Kinetic Methods * D. THE WAY FORWARD * 1. Promoting Pakistani Nationalism * 2. Modern Education * 3. Agriculture * 4. Reconciliation * E. SUMMARY * CHAPTER V - CONCLUSION

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