Homan, M: Fighting a New War
Bachelor Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject American Studies - Miscellaneous, grade: 7.0, University of Groningen, language: English, abstract: The primary aim of this paper is to compare and contrast the American-led invasions of Afghanistan in 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Invasion of Iraq in 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the first part, the invasion of Afghanistan is researched. It shows that, although the invasion was swift and very successful, due to the use of aerial bombardments, a limited amount of (special) troops, and due to the help of the Afghan Northern Alliance to fight the Islamic fundamentalists, the aftermath of the invasion is not a success. The American-led invasion conquered city by city to subdue the Taliban, however, after the country was occupied, insurgents took up arms to provide heavy resistance to the Americans in the years afterwards. The thesis then provides details about the invasion of Iraq. Again, the American-led invasion was a clear success. This time, most cities were bypassed to capture the most important city of Bagdad swiftly and successfully. Again, this was due to the success of air offensives, but this time the Americans provided a greater force to support the offense. However, again the aftermath of the invasion has been unsuccessful. For a second time, insurgents took up arms after the invasion was over to fight the American-led coalition. In conclusion, this study shows that American military power is unmatchable in the event of an invasion. Both invasion were swift and a success due to aerial bombardments and superior combat power of the Americans. However, the Americans are not prepared for the aftermath of the invasions and this is where the US should improve to diminish unnecessary deaths and injuries in the aftermath of an invasion.
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