The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Friday, December 12, 2008

War News for Friday, December 12, 2008

Dec. 10 airpower summary:

Improvised Roadside Attacks In Afghanistan Rise Sharply:

#1: An improvised explosive device stuck to a civilian car went off on Friday in southern Kirkuk, without leaving casualties, a police source said. “The bomb exploded inside Daqoq district in southern Kirkuk, causing material damage to the vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq, asserting the blast left no casualties.

#1: A provincial governor says at least four civilians were killed when their bus was caught in the crossfire during a battle between insurgents and U.S. forces in central Afghanistan. Wardak Gov. Halim Fidai says at least 10 other passengers were wounded in the shootout Friday morning. He says he has no reports of casualties from either the insurgents or the U.S. military. An Associated Press cameraman saw the bullet-ridden bus later Friday. The vehicle was cordoned off by U.S. troops, who were patrolling the area.