Accession Number:

ADA558979

Title:

Analysing the New Taliban Code of Conduct (Layeha): An Assessment of Changing Perspectives and Strategies of the Afghan Taliban

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS

Report Date:

2012-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Periodically, Afghanistans Taliban leadership formally issues Layeha or codes of conduct for their fighters and supporters. Layeha offer important insights into the Afghan Talibans objectives, strategies, and the psycheperspective of Taliban leadership. This article presents an analysis of the Talibans code of conduct and examines what Layeha tell us about Taliban objectives, strategy, and organization. Such information would seem particularly important as the United States and its coalition allies assess their Afghan operational strategy as well as their exit strategy from the country. This analysis of the Layeha suggests that the Taliban remain most concerned with the following chain of command principles preventing the fragmentation of the various Taliban networks obtaining and maintaining public support by winning the hearts and minds of local residents ensuring that enough fighters remain engaged in combat and galvanizing the perception that the Taliban represent a capable, desirable, and fair alternative to the current Afghan political establishment.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE