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, April 27, 2012

War News for Friday, April 27, 2012

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an ANA soldier in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 26th. News reports than an Afghan soldier killed a U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter from small arms fire/machine gun fire somewhere in Kandahar province. Three additional soldiers were wounded in the attack and the afghan soldier was also killed.

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 26th. News reports that at least one additional soldier was wounded in the attack.

Taliban Website Hacked As Afghan Cyberwar Heats Up

A cost of war: Soaring disability benefits for veterans

Afghanistan, Iran agree to prisoner swap

OBL’s Family Finally Deported

US-Pak talks fail to break the stalemate

The Economist: Mission crumble

Afghan, Pakistani, U.S. diplomats open trilateral talks on peace process

Reduction of 500 Service personnel from Afghanistan explained

Reported security incidents

DoD: Spc. Manuel J. Vasquez

DoD: Spc. Benjamin H. Neal