It was popular during the War in Afghanistan to say we were on ‘Afghan-led’ missions for public relations purposes, but in reality US forces tended to assume control of most situations. There was a disconnect somewhere between our intention of propping up Afghanistan’s military and government and the way we went about that which often cut Afghans out of the process. This is understandable when you assess the capabilities of the Afghan military and how poorly they held up after the West withdrew. In the future this author recommends to incentivize taking on more of a facilitative role in combat operations by avoiding large ground forces and sticking to specialized units designed to fit the exact role.
The Crossroads of Special Operations