Enduring Voices Oral Histories of the U.S. Army Experience by Christopher N. Koontz (editor)

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S. military power was required to help convince people to see the right thing to do. 22 DR. HUGHES: Okay. S. press on the search for Osama bin Laden and then the leadership element of al Qaeda and the Taliban. Did that occupy a lot of your command’s attention? How did that play out? LT. GEN. BARNO: There’s not too much I can talk about in an unclassified forum. We had a very focused, dedicated effort, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, that worked on the high-value-target set that we were seeking to kill or capture, which certainly included bin Laden and [Ayman al-]Zawahiri, Mullah [Mohammad] Omar, [Gulbuddin] Hekmatyar, and a number of the other key lieutenants there.

The losers on all of those efforts were the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Hekmatyar’s group, Hezb i Islami. I think they very Planning and Directing a Campaign: General Barno in Afghanistan clearly understood that if they were going to have any future whatsoever, they were going to have to do some very different things in ‘05 and ‘06. You know, not being plugged into the intelligence anymore, my sense is that, as I read the newspaper, that a lot of the uptick in violence and some of the new tactics that they appear to be using is a result of that assessment, but that’s speculation on my part.

There are a lot of things we can talk about in the interagency operations; a number of things we could talk about in how we work with allies and friends and Coalition headquarters operations, perhaps; there are some interesting things we could probably talk about on relationships, vertically up the chain of command back to Washington, which is kind of an element now; how technology and modern communications play in the ability for people to reach out and touch you; and how you interact with different levels above your command, not simply internal to your command.

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