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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

War News for Thursday, March 01, 2012

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from small arms fire/gunshot wounds by an ANA soldier somewhere in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, March 1st. News reports that an Afghan Army trainer shot the two soldiers in Kandahar province. U.S. soldiers killed the shooter and another Afghan ANA soldier.

US jets violate Pak airspace

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistan fighter jets bombed five militant hideouts in the Kurram and Orakzai tribal regions, killing 18 militants and wounding 26, security sources said. There was no independent verification and militants often dispute official accounts.