In terms of volume, the more than 90,000 documents posted on the WikiLeaks Web site has to be one of the largest publications on the Internet of classified U.S. government material. But in terms of content, the so-called Afghanistan War Logs don't tell us anything that most people who have been following the war even casually don't already know.
For example, U.S. officials have long complained about support within Pakistan's powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), for foreign terrorist groups -- including the Taliban, which the ISI helped establish. The large number of Afghan civilian casualties resulting from coalition -- and Taliban -- operations is similarly well-known, if unwelcome. In fact, Gen. Stanley McCrystal was initially selected as the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan based on the expectation that he would reduce civilian casualties, which alienate the Afghan people from the coalition.
Though previously unconfirmed, the revelation about a secret U.S. military unit, Task Force 373, established to kill or capture senior Taliban and al-Qaida leaders is hardly unexpected, given the widespread use of drone attacks in the Afghan-Pakistan theater. In both cases, these strikes can lead to execution without trial, an unfortunate consequence of the safe haven enjoyed by the insurgents along the Afghan-Pakistan border.