In 2011, Alex Strick and I wrote a short report for the Afghan Analyst Network called “A Knock on the Door: 22 months of ISAF Press Releases” (Download Here). It was a look at what ISAF was saying publicly about its operations, with a focus on “capture or kill” operations. Back then, we had a long discussion aboutthe order of the words, since most people talk about kill or capture, which might be a more accurate term.
The report crunched the numbers they were putting out and tried to make sense of them. In a way, it was our first quantitative project, or at least the first one that saw the light of day. We were fortunate to team up with the Guardian’s Data blog, which produced a neat little interactive map you can still look at here.